Some people, present with Jesus, told Him about certain Galileans that were killed by Pilate while they were offering worship and sacrifices. Pilate, killed them and mixed their blood with their sacrifices. In response, Jesus made it clear to the people not to assume these killed Galileans were more sinful than all others Galileans around. He warned that unless they turn to God, they would also experience death. To buttress His point, He reminded them of another group of eighteen people who died when a tower fell on them in Jerusalem. He made it clear that they shouldn’t assume they were killed because they were more sinful than all others in Jerusalem. His advice was that they repent or face destruction.
Later on, He told a parable which explained the story of a man who expected a certain tree to produce fruit within the past three years but didn’t. The man gave orders for the tree to be cut down but on the advice of his staff, he later allowed it to stay for one more year to confirm if it should be cut down or not based on the tree’s productivity.
On a Sabbath day, while Jesus was teaching, He healed a woman who had been bent over for eighteen years. This drew criticism from the synagogue ruler where Jesus taught. The ruler taught the people not to do any labour including getting healed on the Sabbath but Jesus pointed out strongly that losing the woman from her infirmity was justified on a Sabbath day as it was for the religious rulers who lost their animals to have drink on a Sabbath.
After these, Jesus made a comparison of the Kingdom of God with a mustard seed which a man planted and it grew to be a tree that birds perched on. He also compared God’s kingdom to yeast mixed into a large amount of flour.
Jesus wants productivity in you. He doesn’t want to see you remain the same. He desires to see you live and progress in life. He does not want you to live focusing on your self- righteousness but only derive your value based on your reliance on God. He desires to let you know and understand that He created laws for your benefit in order to enhance your life. Steadily and surely, Jesus wants to mould you into a person that will grow big enough to be compassionate to others and not judgmental. Allow Him put you in tune with His will and you will be a solution to other people’s problem.
I submit my will, desire and life to you Jesus. I put my trust in you.
Reading – Luke 13:1-21
Repent or Perish
13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 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? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
6 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. 7 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?’
8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”
20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
- Luke 13:21 Or about 27 kilograms