Putting God's Word into Practice…

Luke 13 ~Common Thread~

on April 16, 2012

Verses 1-5.  The people brought two events up to Jesus that seemed unjust to them: the murder of Galileans by Pilate while they were offering sacrifices and the tower in Siloam that fell and killed 18 people.  Jesus assured them those who suffered and died were not worse sinners than those who lived.  He used their suffering and death to confront those still alive with truth.  The truth is God is showing them mercy by giving them another day–another opportunity to turn to Him in repentance.  If you are alive today–God is giving you mercy and another occasion to turn to Him.

Verses 6-9.  Jesus told a parable about a fig tree planted in a vineyard that wasn’t found to be producing fruit.  For three years there was no fruit found.  Instead of cutting it down, he offered to dig up the soil around it and add in manure in hopes that it will bear fruit.  Jesus may have been talking about the religious leaders in the synagogue that he had been visiting for the three years of His ministry, and it also applies to us.  When our lives are unfruitful, our only hope to have the soil of our hearts changed.  Do you see how Jesus changes soil–He adds manure!  Stinky waste enhances soil.  Do you see the “manure” in your life as a tool that enhances your heart and allows your life to be more fruitful?

Verses 10-17.  There was a woman who came to the synagogues on the Sabbath.  She had been physically disabled by Satan for 18 years.  Jesus saw her, called her, and touched her!  She was immediately healed.  As a result, she glorified God and the people rejoiced in Jesus, but the “unfruitful” synagogue ruler was indignant that Jesus demonstrated His power on the Sabbath day, breaking man-made rules.

Verses 18-21.  No matter what, God will build His kingdom–His kingdom will spread.  It will be a place of shelter, provision, and rest.  No man on earth can thwart it’s advancement, even the powers of hell cannot.

Verse 22-30.  Jesus was “teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem”–He was always moving toward His life’s purpose.  When He was asked about salvation, Jesus responded with, “Strive to enter through the narrow door.  For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”  There are many people looking for an easy route to heaven.  They don’t want to do the work of finding real truth, instead they settle for their own “truth.”  Only those who hear, repent and believe in Jesus (the only door according to John 10:1-9) will be saved.  There is no other way!

Verses 31-35.  As Jesus approached Jerusalem, His death was imminent.  Even with His suffering coming at their hands, His heart was broken by their lack of belief that He was good and had good intentions toward them.  He also realized that the pain He was going to suffer would eventually end in their recognition of His Lordship.  “And I tell you, you will not see Me until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

The common thread throughout this chapter and really throughout the whole Bible is that God is always working and in His mercy, He is giving us ample opportunities to turn our hearts to Him in belief that Jesus is Lord.  Will we be set free and respond to Him in glory and rejoicing?  Or will we indignantly choose our own path that ends in eternal separation from Him?


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