The Day Terror Struck

 On Tuesday 11th September two hijacked airliners smashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York.  A third plane slammed into the Pentagon in Washington, and a fourth crashed in Pennsylvania, apparently out of control. The death toll may not be known for weeks, but latest estimates suggest around 6,000 people died when the twin towers collapsed, including 330 fire fighters and at least 63 police officers. Between 200 and 300 Britons are thought to have died.

 As the dust settles on these recent horrors, secular man has begun to think of the sacred. Frantically searching for the key to unlock the mystery of why this happened, the world wonders what lies beyond the door of the unseen.  Sadly, evil is nothing new. The Lord Jesus Christ was faced with a similar situation in Luke's gospel (chapter 13). The despotic ruler Pilate murdered a group of innocent Galilaeans. Not content with their dead bodies, he sought to defile their souls. He took some of their blood and mingled it with that of the animals brought for their sacrifices. 

Going  on to speak of a  further 18 other people who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them he said in Luke 13:5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”. Ignoring  the question  "why?" he urged them to make personal preparation. Although  the word “repent” has to a large extent been dropped from our English vocabulary it is used 959 times in the Bible. Literally meaning to change one's mind, he was urging them to flee from their sin and to flee unto him. The question we must first answer today is not why such tragedies happen but ‘am I ready to  meet God if it should happen to me’.  The Lord speaking to Nicodemus  said “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”.  Are you ready to meet the Lord?

Proverbs 27:1  - "Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth".
James 4:14  - "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away".

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