Q. I was reading in the gospel of Luke this morning and have a question for you. In Luke 13:4 Jesus speaks of the tower of Siloam falling and killing 18 people. I had never heard of that before. Can you elaborate on this subject for me if you have time?
A. In the Lord’s time this was a current event that was on everyone’s mind. It was a construction accident that had caused 18 deaths in Jerusalem.
Jesus said those 18 workers were no worse sinners than anyone else in Jerusalem. But they died without warning, and unless they were already saved, their chances of receiving salvation had abruptly ended.
Then He said, “Unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:5). His point was the same thing can happen to any of us, so unless we change our mind and admit we’re sinners in need of a savior we too will perish.
We can never know what tomorrow will bring. If you are not certain about your eternal destiny, I urge you to become so today. Paul said, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). Tomorrow may be too late, because no one is guaranteed to have a tomorrow.
Jesus did everything He could do to make a place for you in His kingdom, even dying in your place so you don’t have to. But there’s one thing He can’t do. He can’t make make you ask Him to save you.
He said, “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks will find; and to him who knocks the door will be opened” (Matt. 7:7-8). The price of your admission into His Kingdom has already been paid. All you have to do is ask.