Jesus’s Response to Tragic Death

Luke 13

1There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

4 Or 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?

5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Jesus’s response to Tragic Death

Just like they do today, people often want those who speak for the Lord to interpret someone’s death to mean that they were sinners “more than everyone else.”

Jesus knew this but Jesus never took the opportunity of someone’s death as a way to show that they were sinners “above all others.”

Jesus took the opportunity to say “No” to that question, and then to warn those who were living to repent because thy were headed in the exact same direction.

“NO that’s not why they died… But if you don’t repent you all will die the same way!” – Jesus

We don’t need to use anyone’s death as an opportunity to discuss their unrighteousness or righteousness in comparison to ours. We find a way to preach repentance to those who are living, because those who are living are headed for the exact same type of death.

In other places Jesus also ministered comfort, and/or resurrection in response to someone’s death. Jesus did this all for the glory of God.

Flies Chase Dead Bodies

When Myles Munroe died many jumped on the opportunity to say “he was a false teacher but we aren’t” “you shouldn’t even pray for people like that.” Their teaching is twice as false as his, IF his was.

When Mike Brown died many people took the opportunity to say “that’s what young thugs deserve…” No, that’s not what an unarmed man deserves, even if he was a thug.

This is not the way of the Lord. The way of the Lord doesn’t use opportunities to jump on and promote envy & strife between Calvinists & Charismatics, Liberals & Conservatives, Blacks & Whites, thugs & racists.

When you are on the Lord’s Side, you don’t take man’s side… you bring God’s correction to BOTH sides, you cause everyone that is STILL ALIVE to examine themselves, and you minister comfort to the hurting.

James 3
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Media & Entertainment works by drama and competition. The Lions vs the Bears, the Democrats vs the Republicans, east coast vs west coast, it’s all the same. Media hypocrites promote competition because they know it draws eyes and ears, it’s fleshly human nature.

When you represent the Lord, you don’t give one-sided takes for competition sake: you take the Lords side.

Wisdom based on competition and striving between “groups” on earth is fleshly and comes from below.

Wisdom that is from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

That’s why Jesus said what He said in response to tragic deaths. This is important to understand as more and more tragedies begin to happen in these last days.

Yes, Jesus came the first time not to bring peace, but a sword, but Jesus name is the only thing that should divide us. Carnal issues should not divide us. We wrestle not against flesh & blood, but principalities and powers. Taking the Lords side is bringing repentance to all men.