Archive for July 28th, 2010

Luke 13

Luke 13 begins with the people talking about the fate of sinners.  Jesus shares a couple examples of people that had died or been killed and the common thinking was that it was because of how bad they were.  Their sin was much worse so a tower fell on them.  Right?  Not exactly.  God sees sin as what it is – sin.  There are no shades of sin.  Some sins are not less than others.  In God’s eyes it is all the same.  Jesus makes that plain when He twice tells the people “unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”.  Sin has one common result – death – which is separation from God for eternity.  If we don’t deal with our sin – that is the sentence we receive.  We will spend eternity away from God.  Period.  The good news is that God has a plan to help us with our sin problem – He sent Jesus to the Cross to take our sin away.  But too many don’t really think they have a problem.  After all, there are far worse people than they are.  Here is the reality.  God does not grade on a curve folks.  It is pass/fail.  We either are a sinner or not.  And if you don’t know – you are a sinner.  Scripture clearly tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  It is a given that we sin.  So we are all headed for the same end result if we don’t take a different course which is a personal relationship with Jesus.  He goes on to explain that repentance needs to happen if we are going to bear fruit for the Kingdom.  He uses the example of a fig tree that was barren.  “For three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground”?  We are not here on earth to take up space and breathe the air.  God has a plan for us and we need to get on with fulfilling it.  Do you know what that plan is?  Are you focused on living it?

Luke also records Jesus healing of a woman who had been crippled for many years.  He did it in the synagogue on the Sabbath.  That didn’t go well in the eyes of the religious leaders.  They accused Him of violating the law – their law – and confront Him.  Jesus lets them have it.  “You hypocrites”!  Not exactly a kind and gentle approach.  But He confronts their sin head on – and He asks them to explain their thinking.  Of course they can’t and “all his adversaries were put to shame”.  You might think that the people would have been sitting back quietly in their seats and wondering if He was going to confront them next.  But “all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him”.  The reality is that people respond to truth and those who defend it.  People want someone to stand up and protect the truth.  They want leaders who will defend them and lead them.  Jesus does that.  He is not afraid of the establishment and its wrong laws.  He is not afraid of anyone or anything.  In fact, as the religious leaders come again to challenge Him, this time they threaten Him with a death threat from Herod.  Jesus response?  “Go and tell that fox….”.  There is no fear of man.  Jesus knows His mission, knows His resources, and knows the truth.  Jesus is delivering God’s truth and living it out.  He is not going to be intimidated by any man.  Are you living with that kind of confidence?  Are you speaking truth without concern for the consequences?  That is what God calls us to do – to be truth tellers that share His truth and lead people to the Cross.

%d bloggers like this: