“I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish”

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Mention was made to Christ of death of some Galileans. This tragic story is briefly related here, and is not met with any historians. In Christ’s reply he spoke of another event, which, like it, gave an instance of people taken away by sudden death. Towers, that are built for safety, often prove to be men’s destruction. He cautioned his hearers not to blame great sufferers, as if they were therefore to be accounted great sinners. As no place or employment can secure from the stroke of death. We should consider the sudden removals of others as warnings to ourselves – Luke 13: 3 ” I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish. “

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We must repent. We must all repent or we shall perish. Let us recalled that before Jesus came, John the ” Baptist ” was born and died for this cause; in order to prepare humanity to embrace Salvation, as a gift out of God’s love for His creation – ” ... Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare you the way of the Lord, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT. ” Matthew 3: 2-3. Let us, then, think of ” ourselves ” rather than of ” others “, and when we hear of any signal calamity happening to others; let us remember that there is calamity in another world as well as here, and that while our fellow-sinners are exposed to”trials” here, we may be exposed to more awful woes ” there “. – “ The grave consumes sinners just as drought and heat consume snow. Theirs own mothers will forget them. Maggots will find them sweet to eat. No one will remember them. Wicked people are broken like tree in the storm. ” JOB 24: 19-20. ” Woe ” there ” is eternal. Here a calamity like that produced by a falling tower is soon over.

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What is our character? What is our condition? It may be that we are in quite as much danger of perishing as those are whom, we regard as so wicked.

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