"Do you suppose
that these Galileans were greater
sinners than all other Galileans because
they suffered this fate? I tell you, no,
but unless you repent, you will all
likewise perish." Luke 13:2-3
It could not be any clearer from our
text today that all are sinners and will
ultimately perish if they do not repent
from practicing their sins. People were
talking about a couple of current events
and were concluding that they were
judgments from God. Pilate had these
Galileans killed mentioned in our text,
but the story continues with news of a
tower in Siloam falling and killing
eighteen men. People were saying that
God had brought this judgment upon both
the Galileans and the men in Siloam
because they were great sinners.
Jesus understood that people could
easily conclude that they were safe from
judgment since no such tragedy had
befallen them. This is why Jesus said, -"but
unless you repent, you will all likewise
of His love, the Father gave His only
Son to redeem us from the curse of
death, but we must repent to accept that
Gift. Our Father is patient but He will
not delay His Judgment forever.
I heard a story about a teenage girl who
rebelled against her father and ran away
from home. She was quickly exploited by
the world and enslaved to prostitution.
As a Pastorís daughter she had grown up
in the Church so often things which her
father had preached would come to mind.
One day she had the misfortune to come
face to face with a killer. He took her
to a secluded place to torture and
murder her and she had no way of escape
and no one to help.
Now, she was deeply sorry for renouncing
her father and "his" religion.
Trembling, she began to pray for mercy -
at that very moment something she had
heard her father preach came to mind, -"There
is an invisible line; who knows where
Godís grace ends and His wrath begins?"and
-"The Bible says that God does not
hear the prayers of sinners who refuse
to repent - even their prayers are an
abomination to Him."
It was then that she realized the value
of the Lordís sacrifice and felt the
conviction to repent. It was as if she
could hear God whispering -"Turn
from sin and turn to Me - choose life." She
was sure that she was going to be
killed, but she did not want to die in
her sins so she began to confess them
and plead for salvation.
You might be wondering how we know the
details of this story. Was the killer
caught and spill the beans? The answer
is, God not only received this girlís
repentant plea for forgiveness and
salvation, but also brought about a
miracle to save her from her abductor. I
donít know how close this girl came to
crossing that invisible line, but I know
that there was rejoicing in Heaven when
she turned from walking toward it and
back to God.