Week beginning: 21st June, 2015
By Andrew Myers | St Albans
"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 13:4-5. (NIVUK)
Have you been involved in an accident in the last 3 years which wasn't your fault?
The secular legal world often loves to find fault preferably in someone insured or with deep pockets. "After all", they say, "If no one is to blame, then there is no one to sue and no fees to be charged."
What, however, was Jesus' approach to an accident in his time in which 18 people died? He said this:
"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 13:4-5. (NIVUK)
Obviously Jesus had compassion. But He also had realism and perspective. What is significant about Jesus' comment on this tragedy in his day is that he shifts the focus onto ourselves. The tragedy was not an opportunity for blame, or outrage, but for sober reflection. You, Jesus says, are no better or no worse than those unfortunate to have been underneath the tower when it collapsed.
The problem is that we are all guilty and we will all perish unless we repent. The blame is in fact inside us, and the tragic accident represents a timely warning for us all to repent whilst there is time to do so (Revelation 9 v 21).
1. Take this opportunity to reflect and bring to God those things you need to repent for.
2. Give thanks for the love and grace of our heavenly Father who, if we confess our sins, is faithful and just and forgives us.