Monday, March 18, 2019
Luke 13:1-6: There were some present at the very time who told Him [Jesus] about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And He [Jesus] answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you. But unless you repent, you will all like wise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them. Do you that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you. But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."
Tragedy and Sin:
People around Jesus needed to share outrage over the fact that Galileans' were killed by Pilate and their sacrifices were ruined. They were hoping that Jesus would share the same outrage. "These people must have been really bad in order to suffer the way that they did."
We Are All Sinners:
Jesus refocuses the outrage to the fact that all are sinners and all will die. Jesus is not not addressing "HOW" the Galileans died. Tragic as it was, people who suffer tragedy are not any greater a sinner than those that don't. Jesus' point is, "Every one needs to repent. If not, all will die."
Or said in another way, "We all sin. We all fall short of the glory of God. We will all die because of sin."
We will all die. Some tragically. The "HOW" we die does not matter. What matters is that sin is the cause of death. Repentance of sins and asking God to forgive our sins for the sake of Jesus Christ, leads to life.
Repent of your sins, turn them to God and Jesus will forgive them and cleanse you of all unrighteousness.
Receive the gift of life from God. Take hold of the wonderful grace and mercy of God because of the life of obedience Jesus lived, the offering of His life to save yours, and His rising to life to give to you His life, both now and forever.
Renew your direction and focus of life and light because of Jesus. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Live the life and light that is Jesus.
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Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.