One day, on a seemingly ordinary, but cold day, seven year ago today (04-16-07), the history of the world was changed forever. Breaking news started spreading around the world that a horrific shooting had taken place. It was in an unexpected place—the more solitary, small town of Blacksburg, Virginia on the campus of Virginia Tech. What was going on? The first frightening reports indicated that dozens were hurt or even killed, with a potential second shooter on the loose. Before long, the heartbreaking news was revealed that 32 people had been killed and many more wounded before the lone shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, ended the massacre by shooting himself. The death toll stood at 33, with 17 others wounded. What an awful way to start off what had seemed to be a more ordinary day! What a terrible tragedy, dubbed the worst shooting massacre in United States history! This one day, that turned out to be such a tragic day, sent ripples of impact all over the world!
One day, a year ago yesterday (04-15-13), unexpected bombings took place at the famous Boston Marathon. 3 people were killed, with some 264 others injured. What a horrible tragedy this turned out to be, after it even started remembering another horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School! On that one tragic day of 12-14-12, 20 elementary school children and 6 staff members were killed, before the shooter, Adam Lanza killed himself (having also fatally shot his mother earlier in the day). That shooting was the second deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman, the worst being the Virginia Tech Massacre. Only a couple of weeks ago (04-02-14), there was yet another shooting spree at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, killing 4 people and injuring 16 others. The worst military massacre happened at this same Fort Hood base on 11-05-09, where 13 people were killed and more than 30 injured, by Virginia Tech graduate, Nidal Hasan (for a greater VT connection and philosophy comparison, check out my 11-15-09 article “RADICAL CHRISTianity”). All of these tragedies and life changing events happening in only one day!
One day or even one moment is all it takes to change everything! Just think of how many events in your own life were changed in just one day. We dare not take any day for granted or miss any opportunity to enjoy life with our loved ones! Think about your life. How many things have changed for you in just one day? Oh, how we need to be “redeeming the time because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). We dare not waste any day that GOD gives us to live!
One day, nearly 2,000 years ago, there was an even more tragic day than any of these tragic shootings and bombings. In fact, this day is the single most tragic, yet important day in history! It was around this time in what most accept as 29A.D. that your Creator, The LORD Jesus Christ, gave Himself to be crucified and make possible the eternal forgiveness from the penalty of your sin. The Passover Lamb was slain to give those who believe on HIM Eternal Life!! On the third day from this ultimate tragedy, there was the most momentous day that proved the Deity of this man. Early on that one Sunday morning, Jesus Christ forever defeated the worst enemy—death— and made it possible for us to have power over sin and ultimately death.
One day! One day changed everything! One day can change everything for you! Oh, that you may find forgiveness and hope in trusting in the Resurrected Christ—even today!! May each of us seek to redeem (buy back) every day and learn to number our own days. Consider the words of Moses in Psalm 90:12—the oldest Psalm in Scripture:
“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”