Some people in the crowd asked Jesus about the Galileans whom the Roman governor, Pilate, had killed while they were offering sacrifices to God (132).
Jesus said, “Because those Galileans were killed in that way, do you think they were worse sinners than all the rest of the people in Galilee? Not so! Everyone is guilty of sins against God, and everyone must repent & turn away from their sins. If you don’t, you’ll be destroyed, too.”
Then Jesus asked, “What about those eighteen people in Siloam who were killed when the tower fell on them? Do you think they were worse sinners than all the rest of the people in Jerusalem? Not so! Everyone is guilty of sins against God, and everyone must repent & turn away from their sins. If you don’t, you’ll be destroyed, too.”
Jesus then told them this story to emphasize two things:
- Real repentance will be evident in a new life that bears fruit for God.
- We must make wise use of any time God gives us for real repentance.
“Once there was a man who had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, but it didn’t bear any figs. So the man said to his gardener, ‘For three years I’ve been looking for figs on this tree, and it’s still barren. Cut it down! Why should I waste this piece of ground on it?’
But the gardener answered, ‘Please, let me work with it just one more year; I’ll fertilize it carefully. Then, if the tree doesn’t bear figs next year, you can have it cut down.'”
(132) Luke 13:1-9