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Encounters with Jesus: Bad News

Luke 13:1-5
…Some… told Him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, “Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

Rain Rightly Falls on the Rebellious… and the Righteous

In these verses, Jesus makes it clear that tragedies, mishaps, or pain in a person’s life are NOT necessarily a measure of their standing with God. Without repentance we are ALL in jeopardy of God’s Judgment. It is NOT comfort, ease of life, safety, or even health that separates the righteous from the rebellious. The only thing that separates the saved from the unsaved is REPENTANCE.

“Blessed be… the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Corinth. 1:3-4

Indeed, Jesus said:

…for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:45

Bad things happen to good people and evil people alike. Good things happen to both the saintly and the satanic.

Let us resist the temptation to look at the suffering others have to endure and misjudge them. Instead, let us submit ourselves to God, so that His love can flow through us to help those who are hurting.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

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