Luke 13:1–5 (ESV)
Repent or Perish
were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered
in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you;
but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
We often want to grade or rank sin to the point of comparing our self to others. We may say “Well, I’m not as bad as those people”
or “Am I as bad as those people.” Jesus is talking about two incidents that we have not been able to document outside the Bible, but the question of whether these sinners were worse. The conclusion is that these terrible things happened
because of their bad sins. Jesus does not go this route. Instead of putting the sins on the other people, Jesus points back to you and says “No, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Sin is damning
to all people. It must be removed or you will be in serious trouble. Don’t worry about others... You need to repent of your sins! Quit comparing your life to others and simply repent of your sins so that they will be forgiven.
Unrepentant sin means unforgiven sins. If you don't repent, then you will perish.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not look at others as a reference point, but to look into the mirror and see myself
for who I am, a sinner. I repent of my sins and I want to do better. I trust in your forgiveness that came through the blood shed on the cross. Thank you for all that you have done for me. Help me to share that with others. Amen.