What We Should Learn From Tragedies
What We Should Learn From Tragedies (Luke 13:1-9)
We question God’s goodness and fairness. Sometimes we even doubt His existence. It’s the classic philosophic problem of evil: How can an all-good and all-powerful God allow good people to suffer and wicked people to prosper?
Jesus has just been rebuking the multitude because they were able to discern the weather, but they were oblivious to the signs of the times, namely, that Messiah was in their midst. He used an illustration of a man who is going to be dragged into court with a losing lawsuit against him.
If he is smart, he will quickly settle with his opponent before it’s too late. The point is, we all have a debt of sin toward God. If we are aware of our situation, we will be quick to get right with God before we come into judgment.
Tragedies should teach us that since death and judgment are imminent, we need to be ready through true repentance.
- Tragedies stem from God’s curse because of the sin of the human race.
- Tragedies show us that life is fragile and that we must get right with God before we die and face judgment.
- Tragedies should drive us to repentance, which will spare us from perishing.
We must understand at the outset that repentance cannot atone for our sin. The blood of Christ alone satisfies God’s just wrath against our sin. We can weep over our sins for days, but our tears will not get us into heaven.
But, don’t mistake God’s patience to mean that His axe will never fall.
His patience does have a limit.
Death and the final judgment could hit you at any moment.
Your need to respond to God’s offer of repentance and pardon is urgent!
Life is fragile; none are exempt from tragedies. But, if you have fled to Christ for refuge and you’re bringing forth the fruits of repentance in your life, you are ready if tragedy strikes.
You will not perish!
✍️🌾Mrs. Kalaiselvi Balakrishnan in Jesus Christ 🌾✍️
Tragedy, Hypocrisy and Opportunity
Tragedy (1-9). How easy it is to ask questions about others’ tragedies and fail to learn the lessons they teach! The big question is not “Why do people die in tragic and seemingly meaningless ways?” but “Why does God keep me alive?” Am I really worth it? Am I bearing fruit or just taking up space?
Hypocrisy (10-17). The ruler of the synagogue was a hypocrite because he treated animals better than he treated people. Suppose the woman did come to the synagogue on another day, could he have healed her? Of course not! We wonder how many needy people come to church meetings looking for love and help and go away disappointed.
Opportunity (18-35). God’s kingdom is at work in this world, but many people fail to take advantage of their opportunities. Instead of entering the kingdom, some people only ask questions about it. Salvation is not a theory to discuss; it is a miracle to experience. No wonder Jesus wept when He saw sinners passing by their opportunities to be saved! Do not wait for opportunities to come; they are already here.
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