Tag: tower in Siloam
Scripture reading for October 26th: Luke 13-15
When tragedy strikes, it is easy to make judgments about why people were killed. It is easy to assume that those who die are under the judgment of God, or possibly were just ‘unlucky’. We don’t have explanations for some things that happen, like tornadoes and earthquakes. Other tragedies like 9-11-2001 are man-made and some accidents are the result of human error. People are always curious about these things because it causes them to think about death, God, and what happens afterward.
“Now there were those present at that time who told Jesus about Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:1-5)
Jesus was faced with people who struggled to understand why good religious people were killed by Pilate. They were perplexed by the suffering and death and answers about why this would happen. Jesus brought up another case, the accident that took 18 lives in Jerusalem when a tower fell on them. In both of these cases, Jesus reassured people that these were not worse sinners than any others!
What Jesus was trying to tell them is that all men need forgiveness. We cannot judge others as any worse sinners than we are. We must look in the mirror and deal with what we see there in our own hearts. Sin brings death eternally. Unless we repent, we all will die in our sins and then perish! (Hebrews 9:27) The only remedy is repentance. Repentance is confessing our sins by taking ownership and turning away from them to God and His mercy in Jesus Christ. This is the only way to keep from perishing!
What does ‘perish’ really mean? When we die in sin, we will stand judgment before Jesus Christ at the White Throne of Revelation 20:11-15. Those who are unsaved will be cast into the lake of fire for eternal torment. This is ‘perishing’. Take an inventory of your state of repentance before it’s too late!