The term tragedy is used more than ever before. Tragedies are happening in every place. Some involving a few and in other places many are involved. They are mysterious. A tragedy can happen and persons involved may not have contributed in any way to its destructive consequences. They have no respect of persons. The young, the beautiful, the intelligent, the intelligent challenged, the old, the rich, the poor, even the innocent do not escape tragedy’s overpowering force.
There are as many questions asked concerning tragedies as there are tragedies. The most common one -why? Why did this have to happen? Why were so many innocent lives taken? Why properties destroyed? Why the financial ruin? Why my loved one and not your loved one? Why didn’t they just go home?. Why did they leave home? Why? Whether in nature, in bizarre circumstances, people, person or a thing , no one has an explanation as to why? Quizzing everyone from the psychologist to the wisest counselor will ultimately lead to more questions and guaranteed hypothesis.
While Jesus Christ was still on this earth, all we need to know about tragedies were answered by Him. The entire discourse is found in the Gospel of St Luke 13:1-5. It’s all in Red in many bibles indicating the words are from the mouth of Christ and from his infinite wisdom and knowledge that surpasses our understanding. There were those that witnessed one tragedy after another. The first being innocent Galileans, who were of all things, involved in a religious service. ( Jesus was also a Galilean) They were slaughtered by Roman soldiers. The worshipers were in the midst of blood sacrifices in which the soldiers mixed their blood with the animal sacrifices. A bloody mess you see. Then the unnamed witnesses related to Jesus of another catastrophe. These were killed when the tower in Siloam fell and slew 18 people. I don’t think terrorism was cited as the reason for the tragedy that day. Jesus gave a shocking response as he listened to the misfortune inflicted on unsuspecting souls in one day. Especially those that die in tragedies. He didn’t offer condolences, no words of comfort. The compassionate Savior realized that while the Why of it all was still on the lips of those who were spectators of the sad events or recipients of the news, the truth was what they needed to hear. His reply was except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.
As it was in the days of Jesus, so it is now. More tragedies and more news of death and destruction. There are those that survive calamities. Whether you are a survivor or a thousand miles away from a bad scene, it will be worse than a tragedy if you leave this earth and have not repented of your sins. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of your life. Before it’s too late, tragedy or not, it will be tragic for anyone to spend eternity in a place of torment, forever separated from a loving God. You say you don’t believe Hell is real, that doesn’t make it unreal or any less terrifying. Jesus knows every episode of tragedy, it’s a fallen world, everything goes. He’s even there to help us get through difficult times of suffering and pain and promises help in the time of our need. Heb 4:16 It’s awfully kind and merciful of our God to advise us of safety in or out of a tragedy. A person that has repented of his sins is one that is safeguarded against any tragedy.