Chardon High School went back to school this morning. Just a few days after the tragic events where one person opened fire and killed three students and injured two others, the students are walking back into the building where it all happened. I can't imagine what it is like for them as they enter through the same doors, walk the same halls, and eat lunch in the same cafeteria where this senseless crime took place.
In one sense, you never want to move on. The memory of Daniel, Russell, and Demetrius will be with those that knew them for a really long time. From all accounts, they were incredible young men who were well liked by their friends and community. And so, you don't want to move on. Moving on means forgetting. And nobody wants to forget them.
People will deal with this in many different ways. In all the ways that people seek to deal with it, I just don't know how they find the healing they are looking for without Jesus Christ. Not just God. Jesus. After all, it is Jesus that gives us access to God in prayer. It is Jesus who was tempted in every way that we have been tempted, but didn't sin. He was tempted to be angry and didn't sin. He was tempted for revenge, but didn't sin. He was tempted to not trust His Father, but didn't sin. The author of Hebrews puts it like this:
"Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:14-16)
And finally, it is only in Jesus that we can have eternal life. And having eternal life gives us perspective that this life is just the beginning. Not the end. The beginning.
My heart breaks for those who are going through this tragedy and I pray today that they will come to find the glorious healing nature of Jesus Christ. After all, He died as well. He gave up His life so we could live a life that we don't deserve to live. He did what we could never do. He satisfied the wrath of God on our behalf when we receive Him by faith. I pray that we believe in Jesus. He has revealed God to us (John 1:18).