Summary: Jesus highlighted the priority of repentance. Thus repentance is to take priority in the lives of all, but How is it to be prioritized? 2 responsibilities revealing the priority of personal repentance.
PLACING PRIORITY UPON PERSONAL REPENTANCE—Luke 13:1-9
Jesus highlighted the priority of repentance.
Repentance is to take priority in the lives of all.
How is repentance to be prioritized?
2 responsibilities revealing the priority of personal repentance.
*Previously(12:35-48 & :49-53 & :54-59) Jesus had exhorted His disciples(both the 12 & the others) to be Wise Discerners of the time at hand. The time called them to be Discerners of their Stewardship(12:35-48)—Watchful & Responsible; Discerners of the Divisiveness brought by commitment to Christ(12:49-53); & Discerners of the Obvious presence of God’s salvation in Christ(Imminence) before them(12:54-59)....
....As well as discerners of Priority of Repentance....
1—The priority upon personal repentance is met thru
ACCEPTANCE OF TRAGEDY(:1-5)
Explanation:(:1-5) Unexpected/Unanticipated Tragedy
:1—“There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.”
Origin of Tragedy—Human determination or accidental —Undeserved.
HUMAN DETERMINATION—Sin driven, God allowed
“Season/Occasion”—??????—Due measure; A measure of time—Fixed or definite—Opportune or seasonable— Right— Limited period. A definitely limited portion of time with the added notion of suitableness.
“Mingled/Mixed”—???????—Such a mixture as merely blending or intermingling of them promiscuously, as in a mechanical mixture.
:2—“And Jesus answered & said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?”
“Worse/Above”—????—From, of at, by, besides, near
“Sinners”—?????—To be affected or have been affected, to feel, have a sensible experience, to undergo. In a good sense, to be well off, in good case; In a bad sense, to suffer sadly, be in a bad plight.
“Suffered”—?????????—Devoted to sin, a sinner.
:3—“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
“No”—????—Not, by no means, not at all.
“Repent”—????????—To change one’s mind, i.e. to repent; To change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins.
“Likewise”—???????—In like manner
:4—“Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell & 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.”
“Likewise”—??????—Likewise, equally, in the same way.
*The application from both incidents, is that a like fate will overtake anyone who does not “repent.”....
*Something horrific will happen to anyone who refuses to seek Jesus for salvation.
Life’s tragedies cannot be avoided—Therefore repentance is urgent for the lost!
Life’s tragedies cannot be avoided—Therefore repentance is urgent for the saved!
Prov. 3:25-26—“Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.”