I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. – Luke 13:3
There is not a single place in this global village that is not plagued with mounting national difficulties, economic erosion, soaring criminal activities, social and communal unrest, death of innocent lives brought about by mass shootings, and political upheaval. What a head-spinning, nerve-wracking time in the story of our lives.
The call to attention for world leaders to various summits are filled with hope that the world will be a better place for you and me. But by the time they arrived back home, there are added challenges to be met, and so the task of leadership is to be mindful that the call to duty calls for the cries of the people to be heard and met.
Our text today is a stark reminder that the presence of danger is near, and if we do not change our course of direction, the end will be fatal. To perish is to die against your will. You have no option except deliverance in the very nick of time.
The news daily tells us of some tragedy, rape, murder, housebreaking, suicide, theft and robbery that has taken place. Many times, the conclusion is that the fault was with the victim, hence no sympathy. Luke is telling us as he opens this thirteenth chapter, that at that time some people that were there told Jesus about the Galileans whom Pilate had killed while they were offering sacrifices to God. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?”
It is not that those who have committed heinous crimes on others that and can say you never had a gun in your hand and you don’t do this and don’t do that. At the same time, you are unkind, impeding the progress of those worthy of scaling the ladders of success. You are jealous, malicious and just plain wicked.
Today, Jesus is telling all and sundry that the joy of living and the sad omen of perishing morally, socially and spiritual is to give the devil back his tools and ask God to create in you a clean heart and renew the right spirit.
What a wonderful time for a change in overall attitude of oppression, suppression and regression. Yes, it is time for change. It is independence time and liberation from burdens and shackles of bondage and sin.