Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 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? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
It’s so easy to judge others, or to find some sort of reasoning of why bad or tragic things happen to people. Was that God’s punishment? Did they deserve it or not?
In this passage Jesus’ sobering comment reminds us that we all need mercy and grace; that unless we repent, we will also perish. He didn’t explain why some people live or why some people die. Physical death is part of life, but it is not the end. Jesus promises that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for the nation of China. Pray for China’s leaders and for all those who are in authority. May they call on God for the wisdom to lead this country.