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Video from DTBM

"God gives us a way to understand the updates of all the disasters we watch unfolding around us each day. The disaster of the Tower collapsing in Luke 13:4 was like the similar collapse of two towers on September 11, 2001. Unsuspecting people going about their lives were crushed to death. They were not doing anything morally wrong, nothing deserving of death. But why, Jesus, did God allow this to happen? That is the question on everyone’s mind in this passage. These kinds of questions are what have gnawed at people for thousands of years. We all know that everybody dies. We're not talking about that. Everybody dies. We're talking about calamities that come unexpectedly, horribly, and inexplicably. HOW DOES JESUS ANSWER? Amazingly Jesus gives two responses. First, through a repeated question, He says that all of us are sinners. Note the repeated phrase in v. 2 and v. 4. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? God doesn’t usually sit in Heaven looking for specific sinners to drop building on, or get them massacred. Disasters are very rarely the result of specific sins. But its Christ's second response, that has the very sobering element. Look what Jesus says in responding to both disasters. He repeats His warning in v. 3 and v. 5: I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. One word frames Christ's answer to disasters: Repent. Jesus said that for facing the unexpected calamities, disasters, massacres, and inexplicable woes of life, get ready ahead of time by repenting. There have been disasters all through human history. Jesus says that when God allows a cataclysmic calamity, it only punctuates His normal, merciful patience. Disasters are allowed by God asreminders that death is around the corner for all of us; and we don't know when. That was Christ's only answer. Jesus told them: you don't know when you're going to die, but you are going to die. Since you can't predict it and you can't plan it, you just need to be ready." from video introduction.


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