We need to be careful of becoming a generation of strawberry Christians who are easily bruised, hyper sensitive to negative feedback and needing assurance of God’s love in every sermon we hear and every worship song we sing!
by Rev Joel Yong
At that time some people reported to Jesus about some Galileans whom Pilate had executed while they were sacrificing animals. Jesus replied to them, “Do you think that this happened to them because they were more sinful than other people from Galilee? No! I can guarantee that they weren’t. But if you don’t turn to God and change the way you think and act, then you, too, will all die. What about those 18 people who died when the tower at Siloam fell on them? Do you think that they were more sinful than other people living in Jerusalem? No! I can guarantee that they weren’t. But if you don’t turn to God and change the way you think and act, then you, too, will all die.”
We are unsure why the people reported to Jesus about the death of these Galileans.
But His answer to them – seems to point out, that they thought the Galileans died because God was punishing them.
Jesus exhorted His listeners, not to simply look at disasters or such tragic deaths and assume that such things happened only because these people were exceedingly evil.
Jesus pointed out that all men are equally sinful and whether they meet a shocking accident or not, all need to repent and turn back to God.
Jesus continued, telling of a parable of a fig tree-
Then Jesus used this illustration: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard. He went to look for fruit on the tree but didn’t find any. He said to the gardener, ‘For the last three years I’ve come to look for figs on this fig tree but haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up good soil?’ “The gardener replied, ‘Sir, let it stand for one more year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. Maybe next year it’ll have figs. But if not, then cut it down.'”
Jesus told this story to illustrate that whilst God may bear with a fruitless, wasted life for a while- it does not mean that He will always do so.
We should not take present grace, for granted and keep on sinning.
So while there is still time- we all need to return to God and seek His forgiveness and follow His ways for our lives.