13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
I think of the question that may have been asked is, “why them”. Jesus talks about these different people, none of whom Jesus points out are any worse or better than anyone else but all die untimely deaths by various means. They are all physically dead, but he seems to be drawing a different parallel here.
None of us can know when or how we will die, but all of us need to repent (turn from sin) for we all fall short … (Rom 3:23), all of us will die from this life but are we ready for the next? Are we prepared? Jesus is pointing out that individual repentance needs to be the top priority for all now. Don’t wait until later. .. later may not come.
Lord Jesus I pray for those in my world, precious people I love, that have yet to repent & surrender their hearts to you. Holy Spirit continue to draw them and use me in their lives until they too see the reality of your Kingdom. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson