Unless You Repent #814

There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:1–3, NKJV)

The brutality experienced by these Galileans did not signal greater sin on their part than others. Jesus nullified any attempt to directly correlate physical suffering as a measure of evil in one’s life. Indeed, the Son of God would Himself suffer greatly, although He “committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Pet. 2:22). Without ambiguity, Jesus warned that we will experience punishment unless we repent of our sins. In another place, He explained this perishing will be agonizing and unending in its breath and scope (Mk. 9:43-48). Today is the time to change your mind (repent) toward sinning against God. Thank God for the time He gives you to repent. Sin does not bring God’s reward. Sin brings eternal punishment. Use your time wisely – you do not know whether you will have tomorrow.

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