Bad news, good news
Category : Encouragement
The headlines in Jesus’ day offered up the same kind we read today: tales of desperation, death, and destruction. Those who heard Jesus teach wanted to get His take on the current events.
“There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
And [Jesus] answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:1-5).
If you weren’t listening carefully, you might not have caught the good news that followed the bad: there was hope in the midst of all of the hopelessness.
It was the same message delivered by “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” that drew crowds into the desert just before the beginning of Jesus’ ministry on earth. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).
Good news. There is still time to repent.