Today at Highland Baptist Church, Pastor Danny Gardner's sermon was from Luke 13:1-9. Jesus addresses the question of why some people seem to suffer more than others. The world's answer would be that bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to good people. We don't understand why bad things happen to good people. We all suffer because of sin. God allows us to face hard times to prepare us for something he has planned for us later. Also catastrophes are a reminder of the temporary nature of this life and the permanence of our next life. We never know when some catastrophic event will happen. Jesus tells us to repent or we will perish. If you don't repent not only do you die, but your eternal soul is lost. The parable of the fig tree in this passage is to teach us that true repentance will cause us to think and to act differently so that we can bear fruit. Repent before catastrophe strikes.

~ Clarence Kraft