Miruna Veenhuis, Lead Pastor
Luke 13 starts off with two incidents that Jesus uses as examples of measuring guilt. He talks about Pilate and the wrongful killing of the Galilean Jews, and he then talks about 18 people who died when the tower of Siloam fell on them.
In the first case, people were wrongfully murdered. The other example speaks of people dying due to a natural cause.
We often have this gray area of who is deemed more guilty. Jesus is correcting people’s thinking. He’s saying that everyone is guilty and everyone needs to repent.
Verses 3 to 5 say, “I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
“We often have this gray area of who is deemed more guilty. Jesus is correcting people’s thinking. He’s saying that everyone is guilty and everyone needs to repent.”
If you look at the Greek grammar of the time, verse 5 refers to repenting once and for all, but verse 3 refers to the continuous process of repenting.
Right after this, we can see a clear picture of what it looks like to be in continuous repentance.
Verses 6-9 says, “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So, he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
If you have repented and Jesus is inside of you, then the fruit or repentance will be evident. If I plant an apple tree - the fruit that I will see are apples. If Jesus has touched you the fruit you will see are the fruits of the spirit: Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.’’
Sometimes we get the wrong idea and we come into a place of complacency, and we justify why fruit isn’t being shown. “I just need some time, I need space’’ we say to ourselves. “The fruit is there, trust me. It’s just not coming out.’’
“Sometimes we get the wrong idea and we come into a place of complacency, and we justify why fruit isn’t being shown.”
But God nurtures us, pursues us and convicts us. He helps us to come to repentance. And there are some of us that need to repent, and the fruit of it is waiting to be shown.
One way to see the fruit of repentance is when you encounter a situation where you find yourself getting it right in a situation where you used to get it wrong
For example, there might be a situation that always made you angry, but now in that same situation your fruit is patience. In another situation where you used to struggle with sexual sin, you display the fruit of self-control. Before you used to fall into unforgiveness, but now you respond with kindness and love. Once you felt fear, but now the fruit is peace
What repentance looks like is to turn completely away from your old wrong responses and walk towards God.
We need to ask ourselves if we are living a life of repentance or are we complacent. Are we living what it says here, or are we sugar coating and watering things down to make us feel good and others feel good?