I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Unless You Repent…
"There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. (2) And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? (3) I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. (4) Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? (5) I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:1-5)
Some of the most productive and memorable lessons I ever learned were quite painful. In some instances, years passed before I began to realize the great blessings these lessons had bestowed upon me. Don’t we say, ‘No pain, no gain’?
The Jews who inform Jesus about a tragedy, presumably in Jerusalem, probably expect Him to comment on Pilate’s cruelty. They may expect Him to tell them not to dwell on such things. But Jesus says nothing about Pilate. Instead, He urges His audience to think about tragedies from a biblical perspective They too will die. They must be prepared. Repentance is the way to accomplish this.
“Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:2-3).
Instead of focusing on supposed judgments of others, He tells them to take a good look at themselves. If they do not repent, they risk an eternal tragedy that surpasses anything that can happen on earth. If present pain forces them to focus on their own sins and the need to repent, then they can profit eternally.
Many news items upset us. Let earthly tragedies remind us to repent and motivate us to seek our heavenly home.
-- Rick Duggin