When we hear of earthquakes, floods, airplane crashes, and other such catastrophes, we are shocked at the resulting loss of so many human lives. But the greatest tragedy is the death of someone who could have been saved!
God’s judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah was terrible. Suddenly, He sent fire and brimstone from heaven to destroy all of the cities’ inhabitants. But the greatest tragedy was not that those people perished, but that they could have been saved. Lot had warned his sons-in-law in Genesis 19:14, but “…he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.” So they died, although they could have been saved.
The flood was a worldwide catastrophe. The Bible says, “The same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights” (Genesis 7:11–12). How the people must have desperately fought to save their lives! But Jesus said later on, “The flood came, and took them all away.”
Was the loss of life in that worldwide deluge the greatest tragedy? No. What was worse was that the opportunity of salvation had been available to the people of the earth for 120 years. But Jesus said of them, “They knew not.” They let the Lord Himself close the door of the ark without ever having used it.
According to the law of the Bible, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). But God, in His great love, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, and accomplished the greatest deed in the history of mankind. He brought forth salvation when He shed His blood on Calvary’s cross for sins. Not only did He die, but He also arose from the dead for our justification (Romans 4:25).
Now you can avoid the greatest tragedy. For almost 2,000 years the Lord God has caused the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be preached throughout the world. The warning is going out even to this day, “We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (2nd Corinthians 5:20).
The commission of the Church of Jesus Christ on earth will soon reach its conclusion. The events taking place today so precisely fulfill the prophetic Word that anyone can see that we are living in the last days.
Have you accepted God’s offer of mercy? Have you received Jesus Christ, Who shed His blood for your sins, as your personal Savior? Are you saved for eternity? Perhaps you will say, “No,” or, “I don’t know.” But then the greatest tragedy can befall you. You will be eternally lost. Avoid that catastrophe by coming to Jesus this very day. Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.”
If there is darkness in your heart, if you are tormented by your past sins, if your conscience is sin-laden, Jesus Christ offers you full forgiveness and a glorious salvation. Jesus said, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). If you read these lines and know that this means you, then lay this tract aside right now. Get down on your knees and call upon God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Tell Him in truth and repentance, “Yes, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Savior and Redeemer.” Thus, you will avoid becoming a casualty of the greatest tragedy in your life: namely, to be lost forever when you could have been eternally saved.
It is said of those in Noah’s day that “...they knew not.” The Bible says this about those in Lot’s day: “He seemed as one that mocked.” What do you say?