It takes faith to see the deeper meaning behind the tragedies that plague us. We often do not know why plagues fall, and life can be confusing without a voice from heaven to reveal the answers or angels from heaven to assist us. This is why I am intrigued by the seven bowl plagues held by the heavenly angels in the final end.
Christians really have a unique message for the world. We don’t have to let the smiting of the firstborn define God’s character, for He allowed Himself to be hung on a cruel cross and even chose to have this done on Passover day. The cross is the defining moment for God’s love. Jesus transforms how these stories and the scripture are read.
The traditional view considers the judgment scary. We’ve been taught that it brings punishment. Because the Judge of the Universe determines every verdict, there is no need to explain or reveal anything. The kind of judgment that plays out in our courtrooms, however, makes it hard to see the theological beauty and sense behind God’s judgment.
Jesus’ parables are more than just nice stories. Everyone should engage with and learn from them, as they are just as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. They even speak to the struggles of modern times, especially to the divides we face today.