He made thousands and thousands of people laugh. His quick wit, ability to play many roles, and stand-up comedy endeared him to the world of entertainment. Sadly, his humor was often crass and ungodly. Today, the laughter is gone.
Robin Williams broke on the entertainment scene as an alien, Mork, in the 1978 TV series, Mork & Mindy with what became a household phrase of “Nanu-nanu.” I remember my daughters loving his role as the comedic genie in the famous Disney film, Alladin. He even appeared in the happy tune by Bobby McFarrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” As of yesterday, Williams will no longer be making people laugh; he has passed away. The tragedy of this death is that it is being considered an apparent suicide. Fox411 reported, “A representative for Williams said in a statement the actor had been battling ‘severe depression of late’.”
No matter what you thought of Robin Williams, death by suicide is oh so sad. Tragic. Bewildering. Selfish. Sinful. Wrong.
There are many things that I would love to say from a burdened heart, but suffice it to say that we as believers need to realize afresh and anew, we are living in a world of hopeless people!! For a successful man to take his life when he had everything earthly he would need says that he lacked hope.
Hope is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ! Read the following with an attentive heart:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. —John 3:16
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.— Jeremiah 29:11
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead—1 Peter 1:3
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.—Romans 5:1-11
Hope (assurance, confidence) that is eternal, persevering, faithful, not disappointing, productive, and full of grace is found only in a personal relationship with the risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the foundation, giver and sustainer of hope. He is hope. A man without Jesus Christ is hopeless . . . forever.
For those of us secure in Christ because of the aforementioned truths of Scripture, we must share the good news of hope to a hopeless world! We have the Truth that liberates (John 8:32). Christ in us is the hope of glory, and He resides in us giving us hope for all of our earthly days (Colossians 1:27).
For those of you who are searching for hope in a world of empty happiness, I ask that you read the Scripture passages given in this post and turn to Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Today you can repent which means to turn away from all you have been trusting in to get you to Heaven, and receive Jesus Christ as Your Savior today (Romans 3:23; 6:23; John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 10:9-13). For the believer, no matter what his circumstances may be, each day is getting better because he is closer to his eternal home, Heaven. Hope gets brighter each day!
Laughter produced by Robin Williams is gone. Hope is not.
For further help in finding and understanding this everlasting hope, watch this 11 minute film: The Gospel
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Pastor, I just discovered your site today and appreciated your thoughts on this topic. I had some thoughts of my own and made an attempt at a properly sober tribute to this man’s life and legacy. I hope you find it moving. God bless!