Luke 13

Repent or Perish

Luke 13:1-5

(1) Now some people were present who told Jesus about the Galilean Jews who were murdered and whose blood Pontius Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. (2) Jesus said to them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners than the other Galileans because they suffered in this way? No, they were not! (3) I tell you the truth: Unless you repent and turn to God, you too will perish.”

(4) Then Jesus said, “What about those 18 people who died when the tower of Siloam (the pool of Siloam was a water reservoir in the southeastern corner of Jerusalem) fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? (5) No! I tell you the truth, Unless you repent and turn to God, you too will perish.”

The Parable of a Fig Tree

Luke 13:6-9

Then Jesus told this parable (story): (6) “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went out to look for figs on it but did not find any. (7) So he told the gardener of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming for figs on this fig tree and haven’t found any. So I want you to cut it down! Why should it use up the soil in the vineyard?” (8) The gardener said to him, ‘Sir, let it live for one more year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. (9) If it produces figs next year that will be great, but if it does not, then you can cut it down.’ ”

A Woman Freed from a Demon

Luke 13:10-17

(10) Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day. (11) And a woman was there who had been crippled by a demon for 18 years. She was bent over and could not stand up straight. (12) When Jesus saw her, he called her to the front of the synagogue and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your deformity.” (13) Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she stood up straight and praised God.

(14) The synagogue leader was furious with Jesus because he healed someone on the Sabbath day. He told the people, “Come to be healed on the six days we can work, but do not come to be healed on the Sabbath day.”

(15) Then Jesus said to the synagogue leader, “You are religious hypocrites! If on the Sabbath day you untie your ox or donkey from the feeding trough and lead it out to drink water, (16) then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept crippled for 18 years, be set free on the Sabbath day?”

(17) When Jesus said these things, all his religious opponents were ashamed, but the people were full of joy because of all the wonderful things he was doing.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

LUKE 13:18-21

Then Jesus asked: (18) “What is the kingdom of God like? What should I compare it to? (19) It is like a small mustard seed that a man planted in his garden. It grew into a very large bush, and the birds perched in its branches.”

(20) Again Jesus asked, “What should I compare the kingdom of God to? (21) It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about 60 lb. of flour until the yeast spread all through the dough.”

Enter Through the Narrow Door

Luke 13:22-30 (Matthew 7:13-14)

(22) As Jesus journeyed toward Jerusalem, he taught in the towns and villages through which he traveled. (23) Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”

Jesus said, (24) “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you the truth, many will try to enter and will not be able to. (25) Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and begging, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ But the owner will declare, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from!’ (26) Then you will tell him, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ (27) But the owner will declare, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from! Go away from me, all you workers of evil!’

(28) “There will be weeping and grinding of teeth there, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the (Old Testament) prophets in the kingdom of God, but you have been thrown out. (29) People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the banquet feast in the kingdom of God. (30) For there are those who are last who will be first, and those who are first who will be last.”

Jesus Speaks About His Death and Resurrection

Luke 13:31-33

(31) At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Hurry, leave this place because Herod Antipas (a son of Herod the Great and the ruler of Galilee and Perea) wants to kill you.” (32) Jesus said to them, “Go tell that fox, ‘Today and tomorrow I will continue to cast out demons and heal the sick, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ (33) Believe me, I will keep walking today and tomorrow and the next day, because surely no prophet can die outside of Jerusalem!”

Jesus Condemns Jerusalem

Luke 13:34-35 (Matthew 23:37-39)

Jesus declared, (34) “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone to death those sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! (35) Look! Your house is now forsaken and desolate! I tell you the truth: You will not see me again until you declare Psalm 118:26, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”


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