I suspect that a great deal of grief must have overcome Jeffery Epstein while in jail in New York. Maybe it was guilt, possibly fear, helplessness or a combination of all of these that would lead someone to attempt twice and finally succeed in taking his own life.
But I ponder a deeper question: Was there hope for Mr. Epstein?
The victims of his crimes deserve justice. There are parts of the victims experiences that can never be made right on this earth. Those who may have been complicit in these crimes should be held accountable. Is there hope for them too? The scriptures tells us that “no one is beyond the love of the Lord”. Is it possible that Epstein, the shooters in Dayton and El Paso are loved by the Lord? We should hope so, I believe so, and there is comfort in that certainly.
My sins and yours are not public like these, but they are egregious to the Lord and certainly harmed others. The same grace that forgives me and you of our transgressions, is available to all who will accept it. Even the most evil of individuals can be forgiven by God, like the prodigal son of Luke’s gospel, God loves even the most distant of his children. I don’t condone any of their actions, but I am so thankful to God for the amazing grace that saved a wretch like me.
How about you?