While reading the news yesterday, one headline got my attention. It read, “Man Leaps from Empire State Building.” I suddenly started to wonder what would lead him to take such a definite action. Having been on the top of the Empire State Building, I know that he had to climb a security fence to take his final plunge.
The newspaper report indicated that there was no identification on the body. The man hit a landing on the sixth floor, where he died instantly according to police reports. At least 31 other people have committed suicide at the Empire State Building since it opened in 1931.
When I visited the Empire State Building, I was scared just looking over the edge. I cannot image how afraid the man must have been to think about jumping off the building. Then again maybe he was more afraid to live another day. Whatever pushed him to jump must have seemed scarier than a leap off one of the tallest buildings in the country. Sometimes there seems to be no answers. Stress, bills, doubts, fear, disappointments and pain can make a person numb. It doesn’t take long for someone to feel like the walking dead. Overcome by the weight of life, there seems to be one last great hope – end it all.
Thousands of people each year take their own lives because they believe the lie that the only solution that will bring them peace is death. The devil does a good job of convincing people that they will find rest on the other side. But quite the opposite is the truth. Suicide is the ultimate leap into a never ending pit of depression and hopelessness. Suicide offers peace and brings only pain.
Suicide offers hope, shelter from the storms of life. But in reality, it creates an even bigger nightmare as the person comes to see the finality of their mistake. Suicide is the ultimate rejection of God and His saving hand. There is no hope for those who have chosen grave. But as long as you are alive, you have the change to reach up and take the hand of a loving God. Jesus is the great hope not death. Jesus gives us rest and is the Prince of Peace.