Survivors Edwards E. Elliott Beloved pastor of the Garden Grove Orthodox Presbyterian Church in California "At the time, Reverend Elliott didn't know he was indeed running to Heaven...Mrs. Elliott and her four married children comforted the entire church. John and Mary Sujo Since those frightening hours in 2001, the couple have been traveling the world sharing their incredible story of survival. The effort has turned into a full-time ministry, with more than 30,000 disciples for Christ. "God has taken us to more than 400 cities around the world where I've travelled with the greatest story ever told for God who offers his un- conditional, irrational love upon His people," John said.
Lukas 13:1-5 (Luke 13: 1-5) 13:1 Pada waktu itu datanglah kepada Yesus beberapa orang membawa kabar tentang orang- orang Galilea, yang darahnya dicampurkan Pilatus dengan darah korban yang mereka persembahkan. 13:2 Yesus menjawab mereka: “Sangkamu orang-orang Galilea ini lebih besar dosanya dari pada dosa semua orang Galilea yang lain, karena mereka mengalami nasib itu? 13:3 Tidak! kata-Ku kepadamu. Tetapi jikalau kamu tidak bertobat, kamu semua akan binasa atas cara demikian. 13:4 Atau sangkamu kedelapan belas orang, yang mati ditimpa menara dekat Siloam, lebih besar kesalahannya dari pada kesalahan semua orang lain yang diam di Yerusalem? 13:5 Tidak! kata-Ku kepadamu. Tetapi jikalau kamu tidak bertobat, kamu semua akan binasa atas cara demikian.” Repent or Perish 13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 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? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
Yohanes (John) 3: 17 Sebab Allah mengutus Anak-Nya ke dalam dunia bukan untuk menghakimi dunia, melainkan untuk menyelamatkannya oleh Dia. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world but that the world might be saved through Him.
So, why do bad things happen to “good” people? Sometimes seemingly “bad” things happen to people who seem undeserving of them. But God allows things to happen for His reasons, whether or not we understand them. Above all, however, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful. Often things happen to us that we simply cannot understand. However, instead of doubting God's goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Read more:http://www.gotquestions.org/bad-things-good- people.html#ixzz3TrXVar4PProverbs 3:5-6http://www.gotquestions.org/bad-things-good- people.html#ixzz3TrXVar4P
Key message! Jesus did not link tragedy with sin or being unloved by God. Survivors and Victims, Good or Bad people – God loves them all It’s not for us to judge who is better – It’s the SOVEREIGNTY of God. Our job is repent, trust Him, be fruitful, live well to glorify God.