I’ve been guilty of jumping to conclusions as to the “why” of a tragedy, haven’t you? I’ve thought often that I had the reason pegged for something tragic that occurred. As I look back on some of my assumptions I’ve often found them having little if any validity.
The tragic shootings and deaths that occurred in Orlando on 6/12/16 are on a lot of our minds right now. Obviously the media is on it, giving details and updates on a regular basis. One thing for sure, all the details are not yet in and it behooves us Christians to be of a patient nature and not be caught offering our analysis before we have the facts.
One thing I do know, it is indeed a tragedy, this terrible event that took place in Orlando. The carnage certainly was excessive and, when one attempts to put themselves in that setting, it can be a very sobering thought process. One man, bent on killing as many people as he could, and doing so with a religious zeal, carried out his most wicked deed. It surely causes us to have a great pause, does it not? And, in that pause, we must reflect on the violent world we live in.
Tragedies have been many: 9/11 and the World Trade Centers, Fort Hood, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Paris, Belgium, and now Orlando. Oh the list is much larger than that, but my intent is not to list them all. My intent is to make note of some highly significant tragedies that I’m sure each one of us knows of and about. Tragedies!
We know that tragedies have always been. We know from the words of Jesus why they have always been and always will be, until He returns:
• “And He [Jesus] was saying, ‘That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.'” (Mark 7:20-23)
Many of the things listed by the Lord fit the condition of a heart that is within a man and lead him to carry out a such a devastating mass killing as took place in Orlando, and for that matter, are at the very core of all other tragedies that have taken place throughout history.
Jesus and Tragedies
I think, as we consider Orlando, what we need to do is to take very special note of what Jesus said when He was confronted with tragedies of His time. Take note . . . .
• “Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And He answered and said to them, ‘Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.'” (Luke 13:1-3)
It was common in that day and time to surmise that if a disaster befell a number of people, especially a tragic event with widespread loss of life, that they had done something of an evil nature that warranted it. Was such speculation on the part of the people valid?
Jesus got right to the crux of their thinking . . . “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners . . . because they suffered this fate?” And as they waited He said, “I tell you, no.” Your suppositions, your self-formed ideas of why a tragedy occurred, why a people died; they’re wrong!
What is important, Jesus says to those who have posed the question based on the tragedy, is that, “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” To the living He says, “unless you repent” you are going to “perish;” that’s what you need to hear.
• “Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:4-5)
The Real Tragedy
I believe that the real tragedy, based on the words of Jesus Christ, is that men fail to come to the conviction that they are sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Man fails to “repent,” to turn from his sin and to turn to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Thus his “evil . . . heart” never experiences the regeneration necessary to save his eternal soul from hell. That is what matters most, because tragedies are going happen and death is going to come upon all men.
• “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27)
Death is “appointed for men.” And it can be by natural causes, disease, war, or maybe a tragic occurrence such as took place in Orlando. Before we start throwing around our opinions as to the “why,” let us pause, be still, and consider again the words of Jesus:
• “but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”
In other words, you’re going to “die,” that’s a given! And if you fail to “repent” then “you will all likewise perish.” That is what Christians should have as a proper response to those who inquire of our take on the Orlando tragedy, or any other tragedy. You might think it an odd response or maybe one that doesn’t make you feel so comfortable. But take note of Who it is that gave this counsel: Our Lord.
We really don’t have a hold on life. Nor are we able to steer it in such a way as to have control that would enable us to avoid difficulties . . . to avoid tragedies. Tragedies are going to happen! What bothers me most about those murdered in Orlando is that unless they had repented and trusted in Jesus to save them from the penalty of sin, they perished. That is the true tragedy.
Read also:Tears and Fears in Orlando + the President’s Response
Has Anyone Ever Taken Your Place? An Amazing Account + A 9/11 Tribute
Remember 9/11 – Cry Out to Jesus – The Answer for All Who Suffer (video tribute)
Why Did the Terrorists Choose 9/11 to Attack?
Who Was the First Victim of 9/11?
The Light in the Darkness of 9/11
What to think this 9/11?
Finding Peace in the Smoke
No Room for Jesus
Always Remember September 11, 2001 ( 9/11 Tribute Video )
A 9/11 Memorial Video Age-Restricted? Why?
Jesus is the Reason this Ministry Exists
We continue to reach people worldwide with the truths of God's Word and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Your generosity is both a blessing and encouragement. Our mission is to glorify God by equipping, encouraging, and empowering YOU to understand the Bible and grow in faith. If our online resources have blessed you, please support Reasons for Hope* Jesus. Our ministry outreach has grown significantly and . . .
Please support Reasons for Hope* Jesus with a donation of $5, $10, $20, or more. A donation of any amount is needed and greatly appreciated.
CLICK TO DONATE
to Reasons for Hope*Jesus(a 501c3 Ministry)
Use a Credit Card or PayPal for safe, secure giving.
***A Hidden Message in Psalm 23?***
Hidden in the six verses of Psalm 23 are 11 names for Jesus. When you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll send you The Names of God in Psalm 23 PDF that reveals all 11 names and Scripture verses of comfort and hope (link will be sent in your confirmation email).
A Room with a View of Eternity—The Last Will & Testament of Jesus Christ Take a seat at the Master's table. Learn about the riches He gives to all who are His. This book will bless and encourage you, give you hope, and help you live in the joy of your salvation and the riches of Christ that are yours.
The Top Ten Got Questions? in 2022
- The Meaning of NUMBERS in the Bible?
- Was Jesus CRUCIFIED on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
- Did The Wise Men Arrive 12 DAYS AFTER JESUS’ BIRTH? Or Was It Much Later?
- How long did JOB SUFFER?
- What is the Significance of the Wise Men's THREE GIFTS? And were they kings?
- How are the Shepherd’s ROD and STAFF Different?
- Which Old Testament Book Did JESUS QUOTE most often?
- The Meaning of COLORS in the Bible?
- ONLY ONE LIFE, Twill Soon Be Past – by C.T. Studd (1860 – 1931)
- How was Jesus Like a Worm? What’s the CRIMSON (OR SCARLET) WORM in Psalm 22?
This is not a Got Questions? article. But it's so popular it ranked among the top pages viewed:
More Popular Got Questions
- Did Jesus Fight Satan to Take Back the KEYS of Death and Hell?
- How Did the Wise Men Know This Was the Messiah and KNOW TO FOLLOW HIS STAR?
- What do the 12 stones UNDER the JORDAN River mean? (Joshua 4)
- Jesus' Last Days TIMELINE: The Cross and The Crucifixion
- How Many MIRACLES Did Jesus Do?
- Is Leonard Cohen’s “HALLELUJAH” a Christian Song?
- Where did OT Saints go at death? ABRAHAM'S BOSOM?
- SIN, INIQUITY, TRANSGRESSION? How are they different?
- What are the NAMES of JEHOVAH Hidden in Psalm 23?
- Jesus in the Gospels: What are the Four Different Presentations of Jesus?
- If BAPTIZED as an Infant, Do I Need to Be Re-Baptized?
- Why Did God Create Man Knowing MAN WOULD SIN?
- What Did Jesus Say About HEAVEN (and HELL)?
- What are the “I Will ” STATEMENTS of Satan, God, and Jesus?
- Was MARY a LEVITE Making Jesus both a Priest and King?
- Why Was a RAM SACRIFICED in Genesis 22 Instead of a Lamb?
- Is Satan’s Real Name LUCIFER?
- Can Jews go to Heaven without knowing Jesus?
TOP TEN Videos from Reasons for Hope* Jesus
- Memorial Day BAGPIPES TRIBUTE: Amazing Grace
- RISE AND SHINE and Give God the Glory, Glory!
- WERE YOU THERE When They Crucified My Lord?
- PAUL HARVEY: THE BIRDCAGE
- PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: A SOLDIER'S PLEDGE
- Hark! the Herald Angels Sing -- CHARLIE BROWN Christmas
- JOHN WAYNE ~ WHY I LOVE AMERICA
- Jimmy Stewart - Nativity Scene Prayer: Mr. Krueger's Christmas
- THE LEGEND OF THE CANDY CANE - A Christmas Story to Share
- Not by Might, Not by Power, But BY MY SPIRIT says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6)
- Erwin Lutzer - We Will Not Be SILENCED