Luke 13:1-5 Except Ye Repent

Luke 13:1-5 (KJV)
There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Barnes Notes says of this, “It does not mean that Pilate “offered” their blood in sacrifice, but that, as they were sacrificing, he killed them.”

This event, which is not found in any other piece of history, was grievous enough that those around Jesus wanted to speak about it.[1] the point of this account, and the one of the tower, is simply this, as horrendous as these deaths were, they are nothing compared to hell. A person can protest all they wish. Pilate did a cruel thing; the tower should have been built better. Lay blame all we wish, the result is still the same, these people perished. 

More so, despite the objections of unbelievers, skeptics, scoffers and religious liberals, hell and the Lake of Fire are real and, for those outside of Christ unavoidable. To protest the truth of hell by going there is as foolish as protesting Pilate’s atrocities by being slain with his victims or protesting poor construction by standing under a falling tower. 

Repent. Come to Jesus Christ. Confess your sins and seek His grace. He will save you and then you will see the absolute love in God’s plan of salvation. 


[1] It is absolutely appropriate to use current events as subject matter for messages.

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Luke 10:16 To Despise the Message

Luke 10:16 (KJV)
He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

This passage applies specifically to the seventy that Jesus sent out as witnesses. But it has an application to preachers today as well as any Christian who goes out to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I observe:
This was the seventy, not the twelve
Perhaps one could argue that, if such a word had been said to the twelve, it would be apostolic and have less application among believers today. 

The twelve were not perfect at any time 
This passage is before the cross and they were to make many mistakes before they were the men we think them to be today. 

I, therefore, reject that form of bible interpretation that removes this passage from personal application. 

  • To despise the message of the preacher is
  • To despise the Christ they preach and 
  • To despise the God who sent Him

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Luke 8:18 True Treasure

Luke 8:18 (KJV)
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

This verse is a part of a larger context labeled by Scofield, “Lamp Under A Jar.”

Luke 18:16-18 (KJV)
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

The context is about hiding the gospel. Here is one who has such a valuable treasure, but he attempts to hide it and keep it secret. Jesus warns His audience to be careful right here. The one who does this only seems to have that gospel. It isn’t a reality in them or else they would let it shine and make it manifest. 

The one who has this gospel will grow more and more in the things of God. The one who seems to have it but does not share it will grow less and less attracted by the things of God until, at the time of his death, what little he seems to have left is taken and he finds himself eternally in hell. 

The same can happen in a church. Once busily about the business of reaching out to others, as a church withdraws into itself, its concerns and its own troubles, it gradually loses that which it once seemed to have. The word “seemeth” may be significant. Maybe they never really had it. Maybe it was a show all along. 

Those who have true treasure could not possibly hide it.

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Luke 7:42 Frankly Forgiven

Luke 7:42 (KJV)
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

The term frankly forgave derives from the word charisma or grace. 

  • He graciously forgave
  • He forgave as a favor

He chose to forgive not because the offending party deserved forgiveness or in any way had earned it. This forgiveness was freely, completely and absolutely based on the grace of the one forgiving. 

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Luke 5:11 Remain Faithful

Luke 5:11 (KJV)
And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

Over the years I have witnessed countless numbers do much the same. For their love of the Lord, they have forsaken careers, friends, and family in order to follow the Lord. Some of them have gone on to be pastors and missionaries. Some have been faithful church members whose lives were turned right side up through Jesus. 

But I am reminded that, much later in the account, Simon considered returning to his ships and old way of life. I’ve seen that happen too. Peter forsook his boats but didn’t sink or sell them. 

It would be wise for the Christian, who has paid a price for his faith, to remember how easy it is to slip. When things don’t go as we plan, we can get disillusioned. 

  • Forsake all 
  • Follow the Lord and 
  • Remain faithful 

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Luke 3:1-2 We Believe the Bible

Luke 3:1-2 (KJV)
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

Recently I listened to a message that addressed, not this passage, but Luke 2:1-2. The pastor pointed out that archeology has found no record of this order for taxing. He then assured his congregation that modern archeology makes discoveries confirming the Word of God constantly.[1] He said he had no doubt but that one day they would discover evidence of this taxing. But he said, even if they don’t, we believe the Bible. 

One of the evidences of the truthfulness of the Bible is in passages like Luke 2 and Luke 3. There is such detail in these dates that the recorders of them were either confident in the dates or else they were buffoons to not realize that making up events like this would destroy the veracity of their work. The dating is meant to verify the writing. The penmen, aware of their times, were comfortable recording these dates with such detail because they knew them to be true. Modern skeptics, though supposedly educated, have no real knowledge of those days except what they find in ancient writing. The only reason to question dates recorded in the Word of God is that they refuse to accept the message of the Word of God. 


[1] I would also point out that archeology has never made a discovery disproving any portion of the Bible.

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Luke 2:39 No Contradiction Here

Luke 2:39 (KJV)
And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

Matthew chapter 2 provides at least a couple of years, probably more, to the account of the early years of Christ, Joseph, and Mary.

  • They were visited by the wise men while in Bethlehem 
  • They stayed in Bethlehem until Jesus approached two years old
  • They fled to Egypt to escape Herod’s slaughter of the children in Bethlehem 
  • They returned to Nazareth only after hearing of Herod’s death

The account in Luke seems to take them right from eight days old to Nazareth. I do not see any contradiction here. I see instead a different perspective. We get the fuller account by harmonizing all four Gospels, but we get to focus on different parts of the account when we limit to one or another of the gospels. They are each equally true. There is no error in studying one without adding what the others give to us. 

Jesus was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth. 

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Luke 1:1 Most Surely Believed

Luke 1:1 (KJV)
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

I want to focus on the phrase, “those things which are most surely believed among us”.

These things are most surely believed 
Our Christian faith is not, must not be wishy-washy, wobbly, wavering faith. Christians are confident in their faith, sure of what they believe. 

I notice the word, “us”
Though a body of people had believed, he included himself. This is no mere history. This is personal. What he wrote he wrote because it is what Christians believe. 

We believe through the testimony of Jesus 
Luke wrote both this book and the book of Acts. Both of them are historical rather than doctrinal. They tell a story rather than teach a set of doctrines. This allows the reader to draw his own conclusions. The Bible isn’t trying to force a set of beliefs down anyone’s throat. It merely presents Jesus Christ and leaves the individual to his own conscience. Other Scriptures do give more doctrinal instruction so I would not say it is wrong. I would suggest that the teacher of the Word is to teach the Word rather than to try to make others apply it in the teacher’s specific way.

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Mark 14:72 God’s Grace

Mark 14:72 (KJV)
And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

Though the chapter ends with tears there is amazing grace throughout it. 

There is the grace that warned the twelve of the coming trial
Sometimes we like to hide our heads in the sand. Oftentimes we ignore warnings of impending danger. Nevertheless, it is always a gracious thing to be warned. 

There is grace in the opportunities to pray
Jesus took Peter and James and John a little farther and gave them three opportunities to pray previous to the trouble. What an amazing blessing that God lets us bring our cares to Him. 

There is grace in not one but three denials
God did not strike Peter down as we might have supposed He would. 

There is grace that Peter was able to think upon all of this, recall what Jesus has said and then weep
This weeping is that of conviction leading to repentance. 

Our God is so gracious. May we: 

  • Accept His grace
  • Think upon His Word
  • Hear His warning and 
  • Repent

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Mark 13:29 Are You Prepared?

Mark 13:29 (KJV)
So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

I am convinced that the signs Jesus speaks of refer to Daniel’s seventieth week, the Tribulation Period, Jacob’s Trouble. There are no signs that point to the coming of Christ into the clouds to receive the Christians to heaven. That event is prior to the Tribulation. I understand that there is a great deal of discussion and debate over these things today. I think it a shame. But one thing is certain, whether the rapture of the believers or the time of Jacob’s Trouble, it is nigh, even at the doors. 

Are you prepared?

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