by John Ellis
If I weren’t a Christian and didn’t believe that God is in control of history, I would run the risk of being overcome with despair. The world is a broken place; humans are trapped in sin, and that rebellion against God causes the entire creation to groan. Thankfully, by God’s grace, I am repenting of my sins and placing my faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as my only hope in life and death. Because I have been adopted into God’s family and been given new life in Christ, I rest in the knowledge that King Jesus is going to return. When he does, those who have remained in their sin and rebellion by refusing to bow the knee in repentance and faith to Jesus will be righteously judged and condemned to eternal death. Sin will finally and fully be defeated. Many of the Psalms rest in this same knowledge (Psalm 1, 2, 7, 34, and 110, to list a few). My comfort in the coming return of King Jesus doesn’t keep me from mourning the sin around me, though (and the sin that still remains in my own hear, too).