WHAT NOW? - WHEN TOWERS FALL
by Pastor Mike Fortune
January 14, 2017
- God grieves (Luke 13:1; Genesis 6:6; Judges 10:16; Psalm 78:40; Ephesians 4:30; John 9:1-3; Psalm 56:8; Quote; Isaiah 53:4)
- We all sin (Luke 13:1-5; 1 Timothy 1:15)
- Jesus saves (Luke 13:1-5; Psalm 34:18; Galatians 1:15; Hebrews 7:25; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4) Luke 13:1-5
1 About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. 2 "Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?" Jesus asked. "Is that why they suffered? 3 Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. 4 And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? 5 No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too."
6 So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.
16 Then the Israelites put aside their foreign gods and served the LORD. And he was grieved by their misery.
40 Oh, how often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved his heart in that dry wasteland.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
1 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 "Rabbi," his disciples asked him, "why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents' sins?" 3 "It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.
8 You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
All heaven suffered in Christ’s agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God. Every departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him. - Ellen White
4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV)
15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace.
Hebrews 7:25 (NKJV)
25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (Scripture reading)
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.