Not only does the News confirm this reality, but we also feel it intensely in our guts. We know, without being told, that things are not what they should be.
One of the reasons that I am convinced that Christianity is true is because it doesn’t candy coat the reality that the world is full of evil. Scripture provides the reason why the world has gone wrong. The good world that God created has been corrupted, and Satan has been at the helm. Our world, the universe that we live in, is the stage of Satan’s rebellion against God.
You and I are trapped in a great cosmic war. This is the reality of our days, and if we stop to think about it for a moment, we will realize that it explains a great many things. The reason all those bad things happen is because Satan is actively at war against God, trying his best to corrupt every inch of God’s wonderful work.
With that in mind consider what N. T. Wright wrote;
Jesus exploded into the life of ancient Israel–the life of the whole world in fact–not as a teacher of timeless truths, nor as a great moral example, but as the one through whose life, death, and resurrection God’s rescue operation was put into effect, and the cosmos turned its its great corner at last. All worldviews are challenged to the core by this claim (Simply Christian, p. 140).
I think we miss the very essence of the Gospel. We tend to talk about the Gospel in terms that we have forgiveness from sin. While this is a part of the Gospel message, it is not the main message. The core of the Gospel is found in Jesus’ message; From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17; NLT)
The message of Jesus is to defect from the kingdom of darkness, and pledge allegiance to God, because His Kingdom is breaking into this world. The message of Gospel is that God has come to rescue His creation from the corruption of sin and the decay of death.
The rescue plan of God centers around Jesus. The apostle Paul wrote; For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins (Colossians 1:13-14; NLT). This is a message that is worth sharing, and it goes far beyond escaping hell. It is the promise that God will restore Creation and make everything right.
I know that it doesn’t feel like we have been rescued at times, because there is still tremendous evil in the world and we still wrestle with personal sins. Yet, the more we surrender to God’s will and the more we seek to love people, the more darkness will be pushed aside, and the light of God’s love will come shining through.