10/9/15 Turn Away From The Desire To Sin While You Still Can

A man in the crowd, a Temple guard in disguise, calls out to Jesus, “Rabbi, we know that God punishes people for their sins both in this life and in the next.  So tell us, please, about those Galileans who followed Judas Gaulonites, who were so zealous for God that they would rather die a torturous death than even refer to any human being as ‘lord.’  Were they right to be so zealous, and if so, what was their great sin that caused God to use Pilate to punish them so severely while they were offering their sacrifices at the Temple?”  Jesus looks into the man’s eyes and holds his gaze for what seems like an eternity.  The man finally looks away, and Jesus answers his question.  “Yes, there are times when God does send punishment for sins committed during this life on earth.  But it is the exception, not the rule.  God is gracious.  The horrible deaths of those Galilean zealots were not a punishment from God because of their sins.  They were a punishment from Pilate because of their rebellion against him.  They were neither better nor worse than their fellow Galileans who did not suffer the same way at Pilate’s hand.  They are the same as all mankind – every person who has ever lived has been a sinner, condemned to an eternity of punishment unless they repent.  And so I tell you, while you still have the opportunity to do so, repent of your sins and come to Me!  I AM offering to pay the penalty for your debts to God.  All you must do is to accept My gift, and you will be granted an eternity of joy in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Luke 13:1-3

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