Jesus is still speaking today. He has urged the people of God to repent or perish. Repentance means turning away from sin and turning to God, back to the best plan God has for your life. What Jesus has warned has come true in history after Jesus, is coming true today, and will complete in the reality of this world until the end.
Questions to ask:
Who is Jesus talking to today? Am I in this message from Jesus (God Himself)? What shall I do today about my own life? It is every man to himself now. No church or religious organization can save anyone. Everyone must face Jesus today and make each own decision on the way ahead.
“Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 4:7)
List of headings and brief summary from chapter 13 from the book of Luke.
1. Repent or Perish: God wants to save. Jesus was speaking salvation to Jerusalem two thousand years ago. Many had perished since. What He had prophesied about the destruction of the city and the subsequent desolation, and the salvation of many gentiles, from the east and the west, from the north and the south, had come true. But His prophetic message is still ongoing as many are perishing and many are being saved.
2. Barren fig tree: God wants fruits that last. Jesus was speaking of living a productive lifestyle and bearing evidence of salvation. God is the planter. Jesus has spoken of a timeframe. Heed the time today.
3. A Spirit of Infirmity: God heals. Jesus has shown this by healing a woman and set her free from bondage. He has done this miracle on s Sabbath day (like our Lord’s day today). Sunday is a day we have set for God and do God’s will. God’s will in this incident was to destroy the bondage of the devil, set free and heal.
4. Jesus speaks of the kingdom of God. Like a tiny almost invisible unnoticeable mustard seed, it will grow and thrive until it is visible to all. Similarly like a little bit of unnoticeable leaven it will have multiplying effect until the evidence of it manifests to all. The positive outcome (new life) is evident to all and cannot be hidden.
5. Strive to enter through the narrow gate. Jesus way is the only way. Actually many try to seek and find salvation and eternal life in heaven. It means people do acknowledge an afterlife and wish that they can go to a place with no suffering. Heed what Jesus has said today if you are among the many who seek.
6. Jesus Laments over Jerusalem.
Luke 13 New King James Version (NKJV)
Warning: Repent or Perish
13 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.”
Warning: be fruitful or be cut down -The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that[a] you can cut it down.’”
God heals and sets free: woman healed of a spirit of infirmity
10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite![b] Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” 17 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.
Kingdom of God: The Parable of the Mustard Seed
18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large[c]tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
Kingdom of God: The Parable of the Leaven
20 And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures[d] of meal till it was all leavened.”
Who will be saved? Only through Jesus -The Narrow Way
22 And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”
And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.29 They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30 And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”
31 On that very day[e] some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.”
32 And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’ 33 Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.
Jesus Laments over Jerusalem
34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly,[f] I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”[g]
a. Luke 13:9 NU-Text reads And if it bears fruit after that, well. But if not, you can cut it down.
b. Luke 13:15 NU-Text and M-Text read Hypocrites.
c. Luke 13:19 NU-Text omits large.
d. Luke 13:21 Greek sata, approximately two pecks in all
e. Luke 13:31 NU-Text reads In that very hour.
f. Luke 13:35 NU-Text and M-Text omit assuredly.
g. Luke 13:35 Psalm 118:26