Summary: This is a lesson about terrorists and falling towers. Everybody still talks about that day; it was a day of tragedy and injustice. People were going about their business when they were suddenly and brutally killed.
Why Do Good People Suffer?
Today, I want to speak to you on “Why Do Good People Suffer?”
I’ve taught on suffering before.
In fact, one lady told me, “Preacher, I never knew what suffering was until I heard you preach. Now I know.”
Some preaching and some teaching is like suffering.
Once a long-winded preacher had been going about an hour and didn’t seem anywhere close to ending.
He said, “I’m really on a roll here, and there’s a lot more that I want to say, but Jesus has just told me to stop, so let’s end the service. Jesus has told me to end my message.”
The song leader said, “Let’s stand and sing, ‘What a friend we have in Jesus.’”
The preaching must have been really bad for Jesus to tell the preacher to quit.
This is a lesson about terrorists and falling towers.
Everybody still talks about that day; it was a day of tragedy and injustice.
People were going about their business when they were suddenly and brutally killed.
And what about the tower that fell suddenly?
Towers remind us of strength and security–and when a tower falls and people are killed, we feel a little less secure.
The initial reaction was shock; then we began to ask the inevitable questions: Why were those innocent people killed? Why did the tower fall? Where was God during all of that?
You may think I’m talking about 9/11, and everything I’ve said does apply, but I’m really talking about 13:1.
2,000 years ago, Jesus talked about some innocent people who died at the hands of what could be called terrorists–and He talked about a tower that fell and killed people.
In fact, the similarities between 13:1 and 9/11 are amazing.
The same questions people are asking today were being asked 2,000 years ago.
But more importantly, the answer Jesus gives is the same answer we need to hear.
Now there were some present at the time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
Then he relayed this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care for the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found nay. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”