Luke 13:1-5 Repent or Perish

The most important choice in your life

The most important choice in your life

Today’s message follows right along with the overall spiritual tone of yesterday’s message. Yesterday we looked at settling spiritually before judgement. Today Jesus tells those listening that if they don’t repent (settle their accounts) they will perish (spend eternity separated from God).

Our story started with some of the people who were listening to Jesus as He tells about a group of people who suffered a horrible fate. They were killed by Pilate and their blood was somehow “mingled with their sacrifices” (verse 1). My bible helps suggests they were killed while offering their sacrifice. That sounds reasonable to me as to how it could happen.

I’m wondering what event provoked Pilate to kill these people. We see him later when dealing with Jesus as a man who follows the laws and doesn’t condemn unless warranted. So did the people believe they were killed for their sin, or did Pilate behave differently with Jesus because of his wife’s dream? Was Pilate a cruel man?

In Deuteronomy 28, God lays out a whole list of blessings and curses for behavior. These blessings and curses are given to the people as a nation but are also applicable individually. The people believed that ANY bad circumstances that happened to a person, including not being able to have children, was a direct reflection of sin in the person’s life. So those who were killed by Pilot were deemed to have committed some great sin to receive such a horrible punishment.

Jesus told the people that this was not the case. He told them that they ALL needed to repent or they would perish too. Jesus wasn’t speaking only of physical death here. He was talking about eternal death; separation from God. Paul paraphrases Jesus’ message years later when he writes to the Roman Church, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). This was Jesus’ message that day.

I am SO grateful for this message! Jesus, by fulfilling the Law, broke the connection between sin and calamity. This isn’t to say that sin has no repercussions, but that not everything bad that happens to a person can be pointed at as indicative of sin in their lives. I don’t believe it was accurately used before Jesus’ sacrifice either. Many people were judged sinful for circumstances beyond their control. Once again, man perverted God’s words and changed them to suit themselves.

In His warning to the people He is holding them each personally accountable for their eternal fate. No longer can they claim exclusive rights to God because of their lineage. Each man, woman, and child now has a choice to make. Repentance or rejection. The Law will not save them. Their ancestry will not protect them. Their religious ceremonies will not make them righteous. Only personal repentance will determine their eternal future.

Jesus demands this same choice of each person today. Our parent’s faith won’t save us. Our church attendance won’t make us holy. Our following all the rules won’t protect us. The ONLY way to eternity with God is through repentance and acceptance of the free gift Jesus offers. He paid our price on the cross, but it is useless to us if we don’t reach out and accept it. Accept the fact of His personhood as both man and God. Accept that He alone was worthy to offer a blameless sacrifice. Accept that He alone is THE Savior for all mankind. Accept that NOTHING we can do will ever earn the right to His gift of salvation. Accept that His offer is free for ALL of us. Not because of who I am but because of what He’s done. Not because of what I’ve done but because of who He is. Choose Him, choose life. Refuse Him, refuse life.

Father God, thank You SO much for Jesus! Thank You for Your gift of salvation. It wasn’t free to Jesus, but He freely offers it to me. He paid the ultimate price so I wouldn’t have to. I could have NEVER paid the price on my own. Please forgive me for all my sins. Thank You Jesus for taking them ALL on the cross with You. I’m SO sorry for the pain I have caused You. Please help me live a life pleasing unto You. I don’t want to cause You pain. I love You with all my heart. I never want to make You feel the nails again.

 

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  53. I’m not going to say what everyone else has already said, but I do want to comment on your knowledge of the topic. Youre truly well-informed. I can’t believe how much of this I just wasnt aware of. Thank you for bringing more information to this topic for me. Im truly grateful and really impressed.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I’m very glad I was able to share a new take on such an important decision with you. I pray you found something personal to take with you in your daily walk. Choose life!! Please feel free to join in again anytime.

  54. I’m a huge fan already, man. You’ve done a brilliant job making sure that people understand where you’re coming from. And let me tell you, I get it. huge stuff and I cant wait to check out more of your websites. What you’ve got to say is important and needs to be read.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thank you for visiting my site. I’m very glad to hear that His point is getting across. This is a “life or death” matter and I want EVERYONE to choose life! Please feel free to join in again anytime. I appreciate the comment and support.

  55. nsightful thoughts here. Are you certain this is the best way to look at it though? My experience is that we should pretty much live and let live because what one person thinks just another person simply doesnt. People are going to do what they want to do. In the end, they always do. The most we can yearn for is to highlight a few things here and there that hopefully, allows them to make just a little better informed decision. Otherwise, great post. Youre definitely making me think! Barry

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Hi Barry. I really appreciate your comment and respect your point of view. I have to say that I would love to adopt your view but I can’t. When it comes to me judging whether someone is in right standing with God or on a skateboard to hell, I am completely unqualified to do that. I let God do the judging and I simply accept the person, warts and all.

      We all have flaws but the only thing that matters in the end is where we spend eternity. And there is only ONE way to everlasting life. If there would have been ANY other way, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die. He even asked to Father to look for another alternative. There was none. We need a Savior because we can’t save ourselves with our actions. And that Savior requires that we recognize our need for Him and acknowledge our flaws. Repent and turn to Him. Or spend eternity wishing you did.

      I want to thank you again for voicing your thoughts. I pray I have not trampled on them but shown a light on them instead. Please feel free to join in again anytime. I pray God touches you as you read His word and my “journal entry” for the day.

  56. cheap marmot says:

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    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thank you for visiting my site. I love having you on the Lord’s side. I pray God is speaking into your life through His words here. Thank you for sharing your thoughts by commenting. I look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

  57. Appreciate your thoughts, I’m not always in agreement, but you do cause a person to think keep blogging!

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site and sharing your views. I welcome other points of view on what I write. I pray God touches your life and shares HIS perspective on this with you. Thanks for commenting. I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the future.

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    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I’m not sure what it is that you were submitting, unless it is your comment. If so, it worked great! I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying my blog and pray God speaks to you through it. Please feel free to join in again anytime!

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    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thank you for visiting my site. I pray He was able to impart something special to you that you can take with you on your daily walk with Jesus. Thank you for the kind words too. Please feel free to join in anytime! Welcome to the rss feed.

  60. quality information I will bookmark this and keep an eye on updates. I don’t know if my comment is going to pop up because Im not very tech savvy, hopefully I can get this right!

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I read ALL comments and wanted to make sure you saw yours here, tech savvy or not. Thank you for your kind words and I pray He touches your life with them. Please feel free to join in again anytime.

  61. Took some time to go through all the comments, but I really did get something out of reading the post. It proved to become incredibly valuable to me and, I am sure. to everyone posting comments! It’s not often that you can be informed, and also entertained at the same time. I am certain you also got something out of writing this article.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thank you for visiting my site. The comments on this particular post are quite lengthy. Thank you for weeding through them all. I pray God uses these words mightily to bring this monumental choice to the forefront of everyone that visits here. I know how much He loves each of us and wants to spend eternity with ALL of His children. And, yes I did and do enjoy writing what He brings to me. Please join in again anytime!

  62. I wasnt aware of the many ripples and depth to this story until I surfed here through Live search! Good job.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thank you for visiting my site. I too am astonished at the depth of the stories still undiscovered as I read and re-read them. I pray God continues to show each of us more and more every time we visit His word. I pray He touches your life with the words He shares with me and you find something you can use in your daily walk with Him. Please feel free to join in again anytime.

  63. Depending on yourself to make the decisions can really be upsetting and frustrating. It can take many people a long time to build a strong moral system. Its not the sort of thing that simply just happens.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I agree that trying to develop “a strong moral system” on your own is frustrating and upsetting. We can’t do it on our own. That is exactly why Jesus came. He did it for us and lets us reap the benefits of His work. We WILL fail at times but He even made provision for that. Ask Him to build that strong moral character in you and with you. You will never regret doing so. Thank you for your comment and please join in again anytime!

  64. What youre saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I also love the images you put in here. They fit so well with what youre trying to say. Im sure youll reach so many people with what youve got to say.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thank you for visiting my site and for your kind words of encouragement. I pray He is speaking truth to those who will listen to what I share. Thank you again for your comment. Please feel free to join in again anytime.

  65. I got a lump in my throat when I thought of that.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I pray that lump in your throat is the Holy Spirit speaking to you. Please listen to Him as He loves you greatly and has the best plan for your life! Please feel free to join in anytime and tell us how He is working in your life.

  66. I’d have to give blessing with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to speak my mind!

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I’m so grateful you shared your comment. I appreciate every point of view and welcome interaction on the topics posted. I love hearing others speak their mind on His word. Please feel free to join in again anytime!

  67. Your responsibility is your response to His ability.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thank you for visiting my site. I completely agree. He gives the gift of ability and my responsibility is to use it to glorify Him. Thanks for sharing! Please feel free to join in again anytime.

  68. This can be a truly good study for me, Should confess that you’re one of the very best bloggers I ever saw.Thanks for posting this informative write-up.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      I’m so glad you are studying God’s word with us. I also appreciate your words of encouragement. Looking forward to hearing how He is using this in your life. Please join in again anytime.

  69. Hi, I just discovered your site through Google. Your post is truly relevant to my life right now, and I am definitely satisfied I came across your blog.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I’m very glad I was able to offer words of encouragement in your time of searching. I pray He brings to your heart exactly what He has in mind for your life. Please feel free to join in again anytime. I would love to hear how He is working through you.

  70. I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I too enjoy hearing others opinions and thoughts. Please feel free to share yours again. I pray He is able to touch your heart with His words through my site.

  71. Have a fantastic day!. I like to check out your blog a couple times a week for new entries. I was wondering if you have any other topics you write about?

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. Very seldom do I stray from my journaling with my bible topic. I started this site for that very purpose. Once in awhile I post a personal update, especially when I haven’t been consistent or am experiencing something I would like prayer for. I want to keep the focus on God’s word and how it relates to us today.
      Thanks for your question and I look forward to hearing from you again.

  72. What made you think about such a topic. Its funny I am not the only one that feels that way about it. Keep it up!

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. We are doing a verse by verse study of the New Testament right now. This was the next topic in our reading. When I read I ask God to direct where we are going with each passage. This was the direction I felt led that day. It is interesting that it is almost the number 1 commented on blog entry of them all. If I approved all the spam it would be closer to 1000 comments. I believe God is using this entry a LOT!
      Thanks for the comment. I hope to hear from you again. Please join in anytime.

  73. It’s true, whether you need to believe it or not.

  74. Excellent commentary. The other day I found this site and wanted to let you know that I have been gratified, going through your posts. I will be signing up to your RSS feed and will wait for your next post.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thank you for visiting my site. I’m glad you found it. Thanks too for grabbing my RSS feed. I look forward to hearing from you again in the future. I pray God is able to bring you special insight for you life through the words He shares through me here.

  75. I hope you never stop! This is one of the best blogs Ive ever read. You’ve got some mad skill here, man. I just hope that you don’t lose your style because youre definitely one of the coolest bloggers out there. Please keep it up because the internet needs someone like you spreading the word.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for your support. I plan on continuing to spread His word however He gives it to me for as long as He deems appropriate. Please feel free to join in again anytime. I pray He speaks something special into your life through the words I share from Him.

  76. Great post, I concur completely and appreciate the time you took to write it. Cheers!

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I appreciate you comment and am very glad to call you brother/sister, since you concur and therefore have accepted Jesus as your personal savior too. Feel free to join in anytime.

  77. nsightful thoughts here. Are you certain this is the best way to look at it though? My experience is that we should pretty much live and let live because what one person thinks just another person simply doesn’t. People are going to do what they want to do. In the end, they always do. The most we can yearn for is to highlight a few things here and there that hopefully, allows them to make just a little better informed decision. Otherwise, great post. You’re definitely making me think! Barry

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Hi Barry,
      Thanks for visiting my site and for sharing your thoughts. I sometimes find it hard to say the harder things but Jesus says that if we don’t share the truth we are responsible for what becomes of those we withheld it from. I would rather take a chance on offending a person than offending God. I agree that people will do pretty much what they want but this way they are making an informed choice.
      Please feel free to join in again ANYTIME! I value all points of view and welcome any comments that relate to what is being presented or discussed. I also pray God was able to bless you with what you read here.

  78. Not about the subject, just small advise here. Verify your akismet or plug akismet , yours is damaged to pieces. You will get horrible amounts of unsolicited mail for those who won’t repair it.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thank you for visiting my site and for the helpful information. I will check with my hosting company to find out what they have in place for me. I do get my fair share of spam.

  79. Hmm, that is some compelling information youve got going! Makes me scratch my head and think. Keep up the good writing!

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I’m praying that you are doing more than just scratching your head. I’m praying that your heart is burning within you with the truth. Please join in again and let me know how He is working in your life.

  80. I love the information on your website. I totally agree with your post here and I think that you are on the right track.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I pray He is able to speak something special into your life/walk with Him. Please join in again anytime.

  81. Are all of these articles written you or did you appoint a ghost writer?

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I wrote all but the very first and third articles. The website designer helped me start posting by supplying those two. I did edit their posts to make them line up with my beliefs. Everything else here is mine through the Holy Spirit. I pray He is touching you through what He has given me. Please feel free to join in again anytime.

  82. You’re so right. Im there with you. Your weblog is certainly worth a read if anyone comes throughout it. Im lucky I did because now Ive obtained a whole new view of this. I didn’t realise that this issue was so important and so universal. You absolutely put it in perspective for me.

    • Annette Vincent says:

      Thanks for visiting my site. I pray God spoke volumes to you because this is a LIFE AND DEATH issue. I’m very happy to hear that you were able to see it in a “whole new view.” Welcome to the family! Giving your life to Him is the best choice you will ever make. Please join in again anytime.

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