Ten years have elapsed since the nightmare attacks of September 11, 2001. On that horrible day, hate ended 3,000 innocent lives and damaged countless others. Moreover, it shattered the illusion of security and peace on our shores.
The terrors of that day still reverberate in our hearts as the wounds stubbornly refuse to heal. They took something we can never recover and that frightens us, as a nation. When we lose the unrecoverable, we feel lost at sea with no hope of rescue.
The Apostle John illustrates this important point and leaves us with hope.
After Jesus is crucified, he is placed in a tomb, sealed shut by wary Roman officers (Matthew 27:62-66).
Mary Magdalene goes at sunrise to be at the tomb to be with her beloved Savior (John 20:1; Mark 16:2). Seeing the stone was rolled away, she ran to get Peter and John (John 20:2). They return and discover that Jesus is not in the tomb (John 20:3-10).
Mary Magdalene remains and sees a man she mistakes for a gardener (John 20:15). She pleads with him to tell her where they took the Lord’s body (John 20:15).
Jesus spoke to her, telling her who he was and she was ecstatic (John 20:16-17). He sent her back to the disciples to announce his resurrection (John 20:18).
Earlier, Mary Magdalene wept because “they have taken away my Lord” (John 20:13). Peter probably had the same idea when he argued with Jesus about going to the Cross (Matthew 16:21-23) and why he cut off Malchus’ ear (John 18:10). He feared his Lord was being taken away from him.
Our lives are filled with people who will try to take our Lord away from us. The terrorists hoped to accomplish that as a part of their mission. Undoubtedly, it worked for some people.
Troubles, heartaches, financial hardships, illness and death will all conspire to separate us from our Lord.
The victory is that no one can rip Jesus out of our hearts unless we allow them to do so.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35, NKJV).
No one can take our Lord away from us unless we allow it to be done (Hebrews 6:4-6). Nothing we face in this life is capable of separating us from Jesus (Hebrews 13:5).
If another major terrorist attack hits our country, the Lord will still be here. We have nothing to fear spiritually. “There is therefore now no combination to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
If we remain in Christ, no spiritual harm can come to us. We may lose our physical lives but heaven will still be our destiny (John 10:10). We must have faith and courage, bolstered by the knowledge of the Word to keep our spirits high.
Christ will never leave us so we can be fearless in his arms.