Today I woke to the tragic news reporting 49 human lives that were slaughtered.

I don’t need any other information.

I don’t need to know who they were. I don’t need to know their names. I don’t need to know where the event took place. I don’t need to hear commentary from newscasters, celebrities, politicians or even other pastors of preachers.

This is what I need to know:

Genesis 1:27 (NLT): “27 So God created human beings in his own image.

In the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them. “

These are 49 lives that bore the image of YHWH, the Holy, Sovereign God that created everything through Himself for the glory of Himself.

I’ve spent the day contemplating the reality of this truth.

I don’t know what your faith may be. I don’t know what your worldview is. I don’t know how you feel about other ethnicities. I don’t know how you feel about immigration. I don’t know your political party. I don’t know your stance on gender. I don’t know your stance on the LGBTQ+ community. But I want you to know something.

I am absolutely convinced that all human life is created in the image of YHWH, the Holy, Sovereign God of love, grace, redemption and eternity.

I am absolutely convinced that YHWH God’s heart is broken for them. I believe that His heart, love and presence is moving and prompting other humans, humans that are created in His image to express His image through them.

I also want you to know this…

I absolutely convinced that God equally loves the ones who took those lives.

Bigger so I want you to consider this…

There is no way this kind of tragedy would be carried out by people who have this basic and rudimentary foundational belief. The belief that all human life bears YHWH God’s image and is therefore sacred.

No matter the human behavior, no matter the evil carried out by human lives God is an advocate FOR the life of His created mankind…but JUSTICE and WRATH will be dealt to those who trample the lives that bear his image.