With You Always

Ricky Gervais is the comedian who developed the hit sitcom "The Office."  He is also an outspoken atheist.  I recently heard him telling a joke about a ninety year-old Jewish holocaust survivor who died and when he got to heaven he told God a holocaust joke.  God said the joke wasn’t funny, to which the guy replied, “Well, I guess you had to have been there”.

I’ve examined many of the arguments for atheism and have found them all to be rather thin and/or specious.  Just because there is pain and suffering does not mean that God is not there and is not with us. Tragedies both big and small happen every day.  In addition, there have several tragedies and genocides greater than the holocaust throughout the course of history.  Indeed, we are enduring health and economic suffering right now with the coronavirus.  However, none of these painful events is evidence that God is not with us.  Easter was a recent reminder of the reality that the tomb was empty, and that Jesus is indeed risen.  Matthew 1:23 says “The virgin will be with child and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means, “God with us.”  Later, in the very last verse of Matthew, Jesus says, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

We can trust and take comfort in these words that are just as true today as they were almost two thousand years ago.  Amen!

Brad Gauen

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