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Lesson 78: Responding to Tragedy (Luke 13:1-5)

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It is very normal and natural for people to try and understand why certain terrible things happen at certain times to certain people while others are spared. Do some folks “have it coming” more than others? Is it all just a matter of coincidence? Does God have no control (or doesn’t care) about the difficulties that people experience in this world? These questions and more abound in people’s minds today just as they did in Jesus’s lifetime. Pastor Daniel provides helpful instructions from God’s Word for those who are wrestling with these questions. He begins by looking at the wrong responses people can have as they observe tragic events taking place. The first incorrect response is the conclusion that the recipients of tragedy were extra wicked and deserved their trouble. The second takes a position at the opposite extreme and declares that such awful events have no relationship with sin in the world whatsoever. What then is the right response? Jesus gives it to us: repent. “…All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) is true for everyone, leading us to hope in Christ today and have the promise of eternal salvation.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Christian Life, Soteriology (Salvation)

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