Repent or Perish

Today’s reading is Luke 13.

Pilate, the Gentile governor, had executed several Galileans. When Jesus says to His audience, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish,” He isn’t speaking about the final judgment. He is foretelling the coming judgment on the Jews. He is pointing out that if the Jews do not repent, God will bring judgment upon them via the Gentiles. In fact, this chapter ends with a promise of coming destruction of Jerusalem. All that being said, we still see an application for us today. We must not look at those who endure hardship or suffering and assume they were worse sinners than we are. We must not think because we are not facing hardship presently that we are escaping judgment. Rather, we need to realize we are sinners. We need a Savior just like everyone else. That, of course, is why Jesus came into the world. As with the inhabitants of Jerusalem, He does want to gather us under His wings, protecting and delivering us. However, we must repent. We must recognize how sinful we are. We must recognize what judgment we deserve. Only then will we surrender to the King. Only then will we turn our lives over to Him. Only then will we be saved. Judgment is coming. Repent and live.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 13.

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