What is the worst thing that could happen? I asked that question this past Sunday? How would you answer it, especially without a lot of deliberation? There are many horrible things that could happen. And some of you have beeen through some really difficult times already. And, perhaps, the worst is yet to come.
I asked the question in the context of a broader question: "Why do bad things happen to good people?" This question was part of our "You Asked For It" sermon series. Anyway, I wondered what people would consider to be the worst thing that could happen....death of a child...death of a spouse...a terrible disease...being a victim of an unthinkable crime...the list goes on and on. All of these have something in common = suffering = bad things happening.
Why do such things happen? The capacity to choose (free will) resulted in the possibilty and ultimate reality of sin. The world has been spiralling downward ever since. Jack Cottrell wrote, "God is responsible for the possibility of sin but not its actuality." In this fallen world stuff, bad stuff, happens. Sometimes we reap what we sow. Sometimes we are impacted by what others do. Sometimes this fallen world yields suffering. And sometimes its not apparent why we suffer. Now, back to original question. What's the worst thing that could happen? The answer: Suffering without Christ!
Remember this: Christ will ultimately put an end to suffering for Christians... Thank God!