When a 14 member family decided to celebrate a birthday, no one would have imagined there would only be five returning. The family was cooling off in a popular area, when a flash flood swept 9 of those members to their death.
While the pain of this event is fresh, it is a good time to reflect.
It’s times like these we begin asking questions like: “What happened?” “Could this tragedy been prevented?” “How can one be better prepared for such things? “Why wasn’t there a warning to the family?” “Should the government put in such a warning?” “Where was God?” “Why didn’t God save them?”
“Or do you suppose that those eighteen…were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?”
It’s these last two questions, I am going to attempt to bring perspective. Because I am involved in ministry, this is my natural bent to bring a Biblical perspective to life and help people discover and experience an “Xtraordinary” life in Christ.
In Luke chapter thirteen and verses 4 and 5, we see the Lord addressing a very parallel event.
A tower collapsed and 18 people were killed. This tragedy was an accident; a natural disaster, if you will. While it was not a flash flood, it was an accident. No one was at fault. They didn’t plan on it; there was no warning; they could not see it coming… yet it happened. So Jesus asks the question many were thinking when it comes to those who died suddenly:
“Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?”
Jesus debunks the myth of that day and a myth of our day: These 18 people killed by the collapsing tower were not more guilty than the rest of the people of Jerusalem. But the point to take home from this tragedy is found in the following words of our Lord Jesus…”I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Jesus is saying, that unless there has been a radical change in one’s life where they have asked God to forgive them, they also will be judged. Why? Because they have not repented. The tragedy reminds one of his or her mortality. It is this reminder which should prompt us to ask: “if that were me in the tower with the 18…” If that were me among the 9 in the flash flood…would I be ready? Would I be prepared to meet my maker? Someone once quipped, “The statistics on death are impressive: one out of one of us die.”
In his loving and truthful way, Jesus is clearly asking us to evaluate our lives. Has there been a revolutionary change in my life from darkness to light; from materialism to the true and living God; from sin to holiness; from Satan to God?
In other words, have I repented and received God’s solution to move from this life to the next with Him? How you ask? The solution is found in His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and His word:
“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” – Acts 16:31
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 6:23
So, before you hear another tragic story, the time to consider is today. What will your response be?
“The statistics on death are impressive: one out of one of us die.”
Your choice is simple: Repent and believe in Christ for life or reject and face judgment alone. I pray you will choose Christ.