Sri Lanka Devastated by Easter Terrorist Attacks
Easter Sunday, as Christian churches across Sri Lanka packed full to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, terrorist suicide bombers descended upon churches and hotels across the country in a coordinated act of evil that took the lives of around 250 innocent people and injured hundreds more .
In St Anthony’s Cathedral, eye witness accounts reported a scene of broken bodies, billowing black smoke, ash falling like snow, and a river of blood . An Australian man’s wife and only child were killed in one of the explosions after he walked out of the building ahead of the family only moments before . Another family from the UK were enjoying a family holiday at the Shangri-La Hotel when mother, son and young daughter were all killed in the blast; only the father survived . Families separated. Lives torn apart. Immense pain, suffering, and devastation—for what?
Evidence is emerging that the government was forewarned about the attacks by military intelligence services . The warnings increased in urgency and frequency leading up to the attack and even included a list of suspects. It appears the warnings went unheeded by a deeply divided government preoccupied with its own political upheavals.
How many more innocent people will have to suffer at the hands of senseless terrorist attacks? The people of Sri Lanka—yes, even the whole world—live in fear and dread of this tide of evil. Even Australia is not immune, with the recent terrorist attacks in Christ Church, New Zealand carried out by an Australian national who was influenced by a terrorist extremist movement.
Who can you trust anymore? Is there any safe place on our planet? Growing numbers of people feel confused and anxious—and they are searching for answers. God has not left us alone in the dark.
Although written 2,000 years ago, Jesus’ words describe exactly what we are facing in our world today. Christ described the “distress of nations” we see, and “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth” (Luke 21:25, 26).
Matthew 24:7, 8 adds, “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. … All these are the beginning of sorrows.” The word ‘sorrow’ comes from the Greek word odin, which literally means ‘the beginning of birth pains.’ If you have ever given birth or supported a mother through the process, you know that at the beginning of birth pains, there are usually many hours of pain before a precious new life enters the world!
In the same way, the pain and suffering we see in our world will soon end with something beautiful—something amazing. Jesus promises, “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:27, 28).
Jesus is coming on a rescue mission to save us! He comforts us on the tumultuous journey of life with these timeless words of hope. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1–3).
God’s heart aches at the sight of all of the pain and suffering in this world. He will soon end all terrorist attacks, all wars, all suffering and pain. The Bible promises that He will make all things new. “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Are you ready for the soon return of Jesus?