Repent or Perish
3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
I chose Repentance! I hate taking exams with multiple choices, but in these verses, I only have two choices either to repent or perish. Of course in every exam, we always choose the best answer, with Jesus giving only these 2 options, I choose the best – repentance. It is hard but it promises an eternity, so I chose it.
9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
I believe, Jesus is telling us here that if what we are doing is good and beneficial let it be, let it bear more fruits; however, if its not, then we must put it to stop.
I go online almost 24/7; however, I realized that it is not doing me any good, so instead of updating my Facebook status every hour, I’d rather read inspirational stories (I read Pastor’s and Pastor’s wife’s blogs) and I also write about God and everything that is more pleasing to see than just letting the world know what I’m up to. My message to all the people who is like me before – a social network addict is to Face the Book first before Facebook; for the bloggers, Press on the Word first before WordPress.
The Seed and the Yeast
18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”
20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
The Kingdom of God cannot be grasped instantly all at once, it is something that grows. It is huge, larger than any human can ever imagine. I believe Jesus is telling that we can have or experience the Kingdom of God little by little, as we plant it in our hearts, it will grow; and if we mold it in our lives, it will work like a yeast.
The Narrow Door
He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
29 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”
Make every effort! Jesus is saying that we must work it out. Our faith will be stagnant if we just believe and not act. If the goal is clear, I believe it will be easy for us to work and make an effort. In here, Jesus is saying the ultimate goal, a special place at the feast in the Kingdom of God. Who does not want to be on that feast? I want that! I want to be there and so I must make an effort to pass through that narrow door. I know it won’t be easy, but with my goal and Jesus working in me, I believe I will make it through.
32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’
Jesus calling Herod a fox makes me a little off guard here. Did Jesus really call people names? He did. It was written. So I asked myself, what will be Jesus call me then? Someday, I will ask Him then.
Why did Jesus called Herod a fox? What kind of animal is a fox? I researched it, a fox is a small, weak, deceptive animal that lives by cunning rather than strength. Jesus was describing Herod’s treacherous side. Herod was not a man worthy of trust or respect. He divorced his wife to marry his own niece, who happened to be his own brother’s wife. He beheaded John the Baptist because of a foolish promise made at a birthday party. He was a man of weak character who used his power for selfishness.
If Christ called Herod that way then should we do it too? As Christians we are called to love, to forgive, to be patient and to be courteous to others. We should not go around calling people names as a general rule. Jesus rarely did. But there are times that a thief needs to be called a thief; the unfaithful must be called an adulterer; and the dishonest a liar. There are times when evil must be confronted and named.
I believe no man liked to be named negatively. I don’t want to be called a deceitful fox neither a stupid sheep, for I know my identity, an identity given by Christ – a daughter of God.