Madman declares that all boys 2 years and under be slaughtered…
Our nation is gripped with emotion and soul searching as so many mourn and grieve the horrendous atrocity of Sandy Hook Elementary School’s shooting. A quiet little community has been torn to pieces and are left with so many questions and discussions are naturally flying around our country this weekend and early Monday morning after the televised memorial of 20 children and 6 adults who were brutally gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday December 14th, 2012.
Like debris that swirls around in a tornado with no direction and no thought of the damage it may have on others caught in its path. Thoughtless words can be brutal to those who are hurting, grasping for answers in wake of this tragedy. Some have said that the cause of these events is because of soft policy on Gun control; others attribute this to separation of church and state, lack of research for mental health services, while some would point fingers to violent video games and other things. There is no easy answer to this kind of tragedy. The truth of the matter is that there is only one clear explanation as to why or how a human being could be so corrupted that they find relief of mental anguish in the brutal destruction of helpless innocent children.
The graphic pictures that are burned into our minds eye of military clad police officers and parents soul sick with grief and anguish portray a living parable of how horrendous and vile sin is viewed by our creator. We should be sick to our stomachs after all we have been made in the image of God and I am sure that the Sovereign God of the universe is repulsed by these events, as are we. In light of the Holiness of God and the depravity of man we are reminded of how ugly the sinfulness of mankind is. Even in the day and age that we live in with all our modern conveniences, civilized culture, advances in medicine we cannot and will not eliminate with human hands the corruption and nature of evil that is in mankind.
It was a similar fate for a group of innocent boys some 2000 years ago when a madman declared that all boys 2 years and under be slaughtered for the sake of securing selfish power and pride as Herod the Great issued the order that would be carried out in the small insignificant town of Bethlehem.
“…he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under.” Matt 2:16
As Roman soldiers slit throats and used weapons of warfare on innocent little boys who had no means of defending themselves. The pictures of Sandy Hook are a reminder that Faith, Hope, and Love will prevail. For He has been born and it was no small price that was paid so that the Savior of the world might come into the world. There had been an announcement that a Savior had been born…a King. This child was to be the savior of the world, His very name means, “He will save His people from their sins.”
It is Christmas time and what a healing reminder that innocence was not eliminated in murder that night so long ago and innocence was not blotted out in Sandy Hook, but peace and righteousness will ultimately be victorious. As that innocent child grew strong and later died on a Roman cross so that I might have life. All of this happened in the fullness of time so that mankind would have a savior, a substitute for their own sin and lawlessness. Jesus Christ died on a Roman cross some two thousand years ago in order to meet the legal demands of a righteous God who will Judge this world and all the sin that is in it. BUT God, who is rich in mercy and full of loving kindness sent His only Son into the world to save all those who will call on the name of the LORD Jesus Christ as their savior. They will be saved. For He has made us alive in Christ, that we might honor and glorify Him who has saved us from our own corruption, which only leads to death and destruction.
There is HOPE and that HOPE is found in an innocent child who came to this earth to die, so that we might have life. For those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary there is a day that is coming where all will be made right and for those who have put there trust in the LORD Jesus Christ what a happy day of reunion it will be to see those sweet innocent children who were taken from us. This is a hope we have that there will be a New Heaven and a New Earth and because we know that Jesus conquered death in His resurrection, we also will be resurrected to see Him as He is and all those who have gone on before us.
In honor of those precious children who were taken from us.
(Names of victims of Sandy Hook shooting)
– Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
– Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
– Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female.
– Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
– Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
– Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
– Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
– Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
– Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
– Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
– Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
– Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
– James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
– Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
– Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
– Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
– Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
– Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
– Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
– Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
– Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
– Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
– Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
– Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
– Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
– Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female