February 28, 2013
The text of Luke 13:1-9 is some difficult teaching of Jesus when we look at it closely. Feelings of both rebuke and warning should humble us all.
Jesus was asked about the sin of some over another. “Are some more sinful than others,” they wanted to know. And Jesus asked them:
“What about those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them – do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.” (Luke 13:4-5 NRSV)
Jesus’ comments in Luke 13 about the sin of one being no worse than the sin of any other seems to be a counter comment about judgment. Jesus is saying, Like it or not none of us have one up on any other of us when it comes to sin. We are all guilty.
We like to think some sin is much worse than any other, but Jesus informs us that unless we repent we won’t fare any better than those we consider the worst of sinners.
Jesus seems to think we would be much better off allowing ourselves to be pruned and strengthened so that we might be the best that we can be…instead of sitting back questioning the beliefs, motives, and actions of others.