Heb. 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
In April of 1999 there was a tragic school shooting in Columbine, Colorado. You could say we entered into a new season that day. Unexpected shootings have become more and more common since that day. They have happened in movie theaters, shopping malls, elementary and high schools, and even on military bases. It seems as if there is really no safe zone in our modern world. As a response to this explosion of violence, Victory Fellowship began a production called Beyond the Grave in October of 1999. There have been hundreds of performances with thousands of young people being impacted and converted to the Christian faith over theses last fifteen years. Tonight, we begin the sixteenth season of performances of Beyond the Grave.
What has caused the unexpected success of BTG? It seems to have captured the sense of the hopelessness that this world is engulfed in and at the same time present the hope offered to us in the message of the gospel. The gospel story never gets old, ‘God so loved the world’ is still the greatest of all messages.
Solomon, in Ecclesiastes, talks about eternity in our hearts. The Fire Bible explains the significance of this.
“God has placed within each person an inborn desire for something beyond our earthly existence. Deep inside, human beings want to live forever in peace. They want to find lasting value in the world and the activities of life; they want to be a part of something with eternal meaning. That is why material things, worldly activities and the pleasures of earth will never fully satisfy.”
Is it possible we live in a generation that has learned to be satisfied in the conveniences and pleasures available to us in our highly technical, modern world? It seems as if the combination of the conveniences our society affords us and the “best life now” message that has over run the modern church world has inoculated this generation from the power of the gospel. The hunger for eternity that is in all of our hearts explains the popularity of the production Beyond the Grave. Is there a hunger crying out inside of you? Do you know that there must be more to life than a new smart phone, a football game, or another three day weekend? Maybe its time to dig below the surface and allow your heart’s cry for more to be released. Tonight could be historic. Why not make some phone calls and bring a carload of friends to Beyond the Grave.