Jesus Is in Vegas

He was despised and rejected — a man of sorrows acquainted with deepest grief. (Isaiah 53:3 NLT)

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I wept for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their loved ones, those injured, and those suffering trauma from witnessing the devastating act of terror. It’s difficult to fathom such evil.

As I prayed and pondered over the tragedy, I felt comfort knowing Jesus was there. He comforted the dying. He felt the pain of the injured. He helped those fleeing for safety. My prayer is they felt his presence.

This reminded me that tragedies occur globally. Terrorist are killing and persecuting people all over the world.

Yet, I have hope. Hope that in the midst of horrendous acts of hatred and evil, God’s love triumphs. Through his plan of redemption, he’s rescuing the persecuted. And he offers forgiveness and resurrection for the persecutors. Jesus took the pain of everyone who’s suffered in this world, and died for their fear, their loss, and their affliction.

But he resurrected so those suffering could have hope. So, I must cling to hope, not fear, in the midst of tragedy. And his story of redemption is alive more than ever. No terrorist or gruesome act of hate can stop his love.

My prayer:

  • Unbelievers impacted by Las Vegas and from other horrendous acts around the world, would believe. They’d have encounters with Jesus, the man of sorrows. The only one who offers them the gift of eternal life. And they’d receive tangible help for their needs.
  • Believers impacted by Las Vegas and from other horrendous acts around the world would still believe. They’d have assurance that despite the suffering, Jesus is with them. They’d see the love of God at every turn in their journey. And they’d receive tangible help for their needs.
  • For me? I will love those around me. Speak hope in the midst of fear. And share the story of redemption to the lost.

For we are a part of God’s plan of redemption. In times of tragedy, I am reminded of the urgency to love and demonstrate Christ to the world. For people are searching for truth and want to know that somehow hope and love exists in the midst of fear and hate. So, we can demonstrate the man of sorrows to those who are suffering around us.

How about you? What have you discovered about Jesus as the man of sorrows? Please share in Comments below. Thank you.

For more information about this current situation and mobilization efforts, follow ICLV (International Church of Las Vegas) on social media. They’re mobilizing trauma teams and counseling centers, providing funds for victims and their loved ones, and serving first responders.

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The senior pastor, Paul Marc Goulet, provides updates on the mobilization process and how we can help if we don’t live in Las Vegas. You can follow him on his social media accounts:

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