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The Value of Tragedy Hebrews 9:24-28

The Value of Tragedy

Watching tragedy inspires self-reflection and a greater appreciation for the sacrifice of Christ.

At a Glance

No one wants to go through something tragic and horrifying, but many of us enjoy watching a tragedy on film or reading about it in novels or plays. This is something we probably know instinctively, but it's been confirmed by a recent study. So why is this true? Read on to learn how this relates to the "value" of Christ's death on the cross.

Editors' Pick

For material based on this same text, see "Red Light, Green Light," November 8, 2009, at

Losing a loved one is tragic. Whether the loss comes through a romantic breakup, a separation, a divorce or a death, we go through a long and painful grieving process.

Most of us have experienced at least one tragedy in the course of our lives, and we know how agonizing it is.

But how about watching a tragedy? That's a very different experience.

Consider the classic play King Lear, by William Shakespeare. A vain old man loses everything, including his devoted daughter. Audiences love it! Or the blockbuster movie...

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