Islamic State's acts of terror in Paris, which killed at least 129 innocent people Friday evening, underline not only the uncertainty of life on earth but also that it is time for the people of France, "and all of us," to heed Jesus' offer of eternal salvation through repentance, writes theologian John Piper.
In his latest blog, posted on the desiringGod website, Piper quotes Marc Coupris, who survived the terror attack at the Le Bataclan theatre in Paris. "It was carnage ... They shot from the balcony. I saw my final hour unfurl before me, I thought this was the end. I thought I am finished, I am finished," Marc told media.
But Marc was not finished, Piper notes, saying, "We are thankful." But we need to "wake up from the stupor of thinking we know when we will be finished," adds Piper, founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.
"We do not know. God has told us how to speak of our tomorrows. 'You ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." If you are reading this, you've been given another day. Perhaps only one," Piper writes, referring to James 4:15.
"To all of France," he adds, "the hands of Jesus are extended."