Guest Author: Ben Mathew
Over the past several weeks, we have been witnesses of some unbelievable and sad tragedies. Those final words from the cockpit, “Good night Malaysian three seven zero” make up the final correspondence we have of the lost Malaysian airline flight 370. Only an eerie silence over troubled waters. A few weeks later, “I am sorry” are the only words a ferry captain could muster after his negligence sent around 260 youngsters to a watery grave off the coast of South Korea.
Sitting on the other side of the world, thousands of miles away, I can only wonder what the families and loved ones of victims to such tragedies are going through. What could ever comfort such who have lost so much and so dear? Would the final words, “I am sorry” suffice?
I am reminded of a tragedy in the Bible that has been speaking so loudly over thousands of years. It is a cry that only God’s ears can hear, but we as humans deeply feel generation after generation. In Genesis, a family felt the pain of murder in the first degree. The blood of Abel literally cried out to God (Gen 4:10) even when his jealous brother who committed the crime refused to admit any wrongdoing. What did the blood of Abel say? I believe the blood of Abel cries out what all pain and suffering pleads for… justice. A plea for someone or something to make all the wrongs we see in life right. An Advocate to plead the case of the hurt and a Judge of the Highest Courts to punish the unrighteous and wicked. Ultimately, the cry is for a Redeemer to heal the pain and restore what has been taken away.
Hebrews 12:22-24 tells us,
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
I know the only solution for the pain we feel in this world is not through apologetic words, which only convey the guilt and remorse of man. But the Living Word, Jesus Christ, is able to absolve the very root of the problem itself, which is sin. The blood of Christ is able to cleanse us all from the stain of sin and, one day restore the negative effects of sin once and for all. No more pain, sorrow, or sin. Christ has, and will one day, correct all the wrongs in this world.
The final word that speaks better comes from the blood of a perfect Judge who will right every wrong, every act of sin, every act of injustice and ultimately make all things new. The only hope the world has, and the only hope we have for a sin-plagued world is Jesus Christ and his atoning work of Salvation. For what we hear from the blood of Jesus Christ is grace and forgiveness.
No matter what we are going through, whatever injustice we may be facing, or what pain we are feeling this very moment, remember that we have One who can sympathize with us (Heb. 4:15). Though Jesus relates to us in our weakness, He has also overcome our weakness with his precious blood. His blood speaks better. Sin, even the negligence of some and the failures of others, are washed and cleansed by Christ’s blood. No matter what wrongs we face in this life, we can rest assured that His blood speaks better. His blood is the final word.