They said it sounded like the end of the world. Ok maybe but……When I heard the story and saw the pictures I thought about the end of the world too. Of course everyday there is some insanity out there that makes me think about the end. Lent is the time we meditate on our sinfulness and God’s remedy, the death of His Son. The Christ who died and rose again says that when stuff like we see happening happens we should lift up our heads for “our redemption is drawing nigh”. Rather than being afread we should rejoice.
Luther said –
Therefore we must above all things lay aside all hatred and abhorrence of this day, and exercise diligence that we may really desire to have our sins taken away. When this is done, we may not only calmly await the day, but with heartfelt desire and joy pray for it and say, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” In this you must cast aside all feelings and conceit, hold fast to the comforting words of Christ, and rest in them alone.
Could he admonish, comfort, and strengthen you in a more delicate and loving manner? In the first place he says, You will hear of wars, but you should have no fears. And when he tells you to have no fears, what else does he mean than that he commands you to be of good cheer and to discern the signs with joy? Secondly, he tells you to look up; thirdly, to lift up your heads; and fourthly, he speaks of your redemption. What can comfort and strengthen you if such a word does not? Do you think he would deceive you and try to lead you into a false confidence? My dear hearer, let such a word not have been said in vain: thank God and trust in it — there is no other comfort or advice if you cast this to the winds.