Read Luke 13 again – Jesus, Jesus, Jesus – folks want to know what Jesus has to say. Jesus is asked about the death and suffering of some Galaleans – and he answers with a question. “Do you think that these Galaleans were worse sinners than all the other Galaleans because they suffered in this way?” :2 Then he gets right to the point, everybody dies, eternity matters more than death. Jesus tells them: “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.” He tells them twice (:3, :4)!
Next, our tender and merciful Jesus heals a crippled woman who had been bent over for 18 years. The synagogue leader did not like this; he used the excuse of it being Sabbath, but it certainly revealed his ugly heart. Jesus pointed out that they untie their donkey’s and lead them to water, even on the Sabbath – and how much more the woman deserved to be untied from her condition(:16). Jesus calls her a ‘daughter of Abraham’ – Beloved, this is precious! The priest marginalized her for 18 years, and Jesus reminds him of her intrinsic value because of who she belongs to! How about you? Beloved, this is a beautiful illustration of the #2 commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. The priest failed to do this, but Jesus did it with great love and respect.
Jesus said we are to, “Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter and fail.” He also says He wanted to gather the children of Jerusalem like a hen gathers her chicks, but they wouldn’t let Him(:34). Beware of false teachers! Woe to them, but also a warning to us.
Beloved, do not take your faith lightly; be discerning; Jesus delights in an earnest seeker.❓💝😍🙏🥰💝💯