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March 15, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 13 (ESV)

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”....Continue Reading

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  1. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

  2. How tempting it is for us to think that those who go through tragedies are more sinful than those of us who don’t. That was certainly the Jewish mindset in Jesus’ day. But it is not the state of our suffering, but the state of our minds and lives that matter when it comes to being right with God. The primary repentance Jesus was calling the world to was a change of mind and belief about who He was. He is that narrow door we must walk through or perish. But part of that reflection of faith will be a transformed life, where the repentance of faith in who Jesus is for our salvation translates into a repentance in life where we follow Him. It is by grace that we are saved, but then that grace teaches us to say no to ungodliness.

    And can you imagine the legalistic thinking that makes an issue of healing someone of an 18 year evil condition on the Sabbath? God certainly calls us to rest, but it doesn’t preclude compassion or taking care of needs. It is fitting that the closed minded attitude of the Pharisee is followed by what the kingdom of God is like. It starts with something small and God makes it grow exponentially bigger than what we brought into it. That is what faith, humility and obedience bring…that is what we bring to the table and God takes it and makes it bigger, spiritually and physically. It’s all up to Him.

    And Jesus knowing all that He had to give His people, is saddened by their rejection of Him and those God sent before Him. What a great picture of God’s relationship with us. He wants to gather us under His wings….are we willing to come…..are we willing to stay there???

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