Living Radically Together in a World of Tragedy (Luke 13:1-9)Pastor Joe Sanders, September 11, 2011
Part of the Radical Together series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
We're constantly inundated with news and most of the news that we are fed isn't positive, encouraging or uplifting. Matter of fact it seems like almost everything on the news is depressing and a reminder of how bad things can get; like a zombie apocalypse would be a better alternative to this! There are probably 2 realities to this- one is that because of 24 hour news outlets we live every tragedy in real time, and the other is that tragedy really is all around us all the time. What is our hope? That we would run away and escape tragedy? That somehow God will step in to prevent all suffering and death in our lives? What is our theology doing with suffering and tragedy? Jesus answers some of these questions head on. He doesn't allow us to avoid the realities of life, he doesn't allow us to focus on the wrong issues. He turns the big questions back on us and forces us to deal with our own spiritual condition and relationship with him, all the while reminding us of his mercy and grace in it all, so we can live radically together for him.
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1There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 6He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 8And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. (KJV)