Chapter 1.
The Precautions about Perishing

Luke 13:1-9

In this portion of Luke, we find the Lord Jesus Christ trying to wake up His listeners about judgment to come. If they do not take this matter seriously, if they do not heed what He is saying, they will surely perish. Nothing has changed, beloved. If a person does not know Christ as His Savior and dies, he will perish in Hell.

John 3:18— He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

If a Christian is not fruitful, and if he does not live his life for Christ, he too, will lose something. His reward will perish.

2 John 1:8— Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

Christ gives these folks two stories about catastrophes and a story about an unfruitful fig tree to get them to be prudent about perishing. Notice verse one.

I. The Cessation of Multitudes in Catastrophes 13:1-2,4

Luke 13:1-2,4— There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. [2] And Jesus answering said unto them. Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?... [4] Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloamfell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

The first illustration Jesus uses to warn these people about perishing is about the massacre of Galileans by Pilate. Pilate was notorious for his treachery and vile treatment of people. His treatment of the Jews and Samaritans drove these people to rebellion several times. They hated this man with despicable disdain.

Josephus recorded several of the collisions between the Romans and the Jews. At one Jewish Passover he related how three thousand Jews were butchered, and the temple courts were filled with dead corpses. On the occasion of another of these Jewish feasts, two thousand perished by being slaughtered.

Luke records the death of Galileans at the hand of Pilate here. Galilee was a hotbed for fanatics that strived to overthrow the Roman occupation of Israel. Galilee was not under Pilate's jurisdiction, but when these Galileans came to Jerusalem, Pilate had them killed.

Pilate's treachery eventually caught up with him. Several years after the crucifixion of Christ, a prophet claimed to possess a supernatural gift that enabled him to locate consecrated Jewish vessels, allegedly hidden in secret places by Moses. When this prophet announced that he would unearth these vessels, Samaritans turned out in large numbers to observe the event. Pilate, who thought the entire affair was a disguise for some other political or military activity, dispatched Roman forces to assault and massacre the crowd that had gathered.

In the end, it became apparent that nothing political had been intended. The Samaritans felt such great loss for those who died, they formally requested that the governor of Syria intervene in this matter. Their complaints of Pilate became so numerous that he was eventually summoned to Rome in 36 a.d. to give account for his actions before the Emperor Tiberius himself.

These indictments resulted in his removal from office and exile to Gaul (modern-day France). Eusebius, the well-known early Christian historian, later wrote that Pilate fell into misfortune under the wicked Emperor Caligula and lost many privileges. According to Eusebius, this man Pilate — who was ultimately responsible for the trial, judgment, crucifixion, and burial of Jesus, and who had ruled Judea ruthlessly and mercilessly for ten years, finally committed suicide.

The death of these Galileans and others was a tragedy. Jesus asked the people when He shared this story, "Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee? Is that why they suffered?" The Lord asked this question because the Jewish people linked catastrophes with sin. They felt that tribulation, trauma, and great trouble were part of God's judgment on an individual because of some great sin. That was true in the case of the Genesis Flood and Sodom and Gomorrah, but it was not true at all concerning the trials of Job. As we will see, Jesus assures these folks this was NOT the case at all with the Galileans.

A second story was shared about the tower of Siloam that fell and killed 18 people. This tower was most likely near the pool of Siloam where the impotent folks waited for the stirring of the waters. Did these people die because they committed some great sin? The Lord again, assures these folks that this was not the case at all. Trouble comes, whether you are godly or ungodly. Many times, however, we do bring trouble into our lives because of our sinful choices. God does chasten the backslidden believer. He does have a woodshed.

Hebrews 12:6-8... For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. [7] If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? [8] But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

The Lord shared the two catastrophic stories to get these folks to realize that death is real and if they don't repent, they will perish. Notice verse three.

II. The Caution about Perishing and Call to Repentance 13:3,5

Luke 13:3,5— I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish... [5] I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Jesus speaks of the perishing of people in terrible catastrophes. The Lord basically is saying to them, "If you think that was bad, you better wake up. If you don't repent, you are going to perish." They may have thought they were pretty good folks, because nothing catastrophic happened to them. Jesus blows that thinking out of the water and says, "You need to repent or you will perish." Sinners may escape calamities, but they will not escape the horrible judgment of God in Hell for eternity unless they repent.

Let's focus on the topic of "repentance" for a moment. The evidence of saving faith is repentance from sin or a turning from and hatred for sin. A Sunday School teacher once asked a class what was meant by the word "repentance." A little boy put up his hand and said, "It is being sorry for your sins." A little girl also raised her hand and said, "It is being sorry enough to quit."

Spurgeon said, "Repentance is an inseparable companion of faith."

The tear of repentance glitters in the eye of faith.

Faith and repentance are like Siamese twins, they are virtually joined together. They are two spokes of the same wheel or two handles of the same plow.

Repentance is a heart broken FOR sin and FROM sin.

True repentance has a double aspect. It looks upon things in the past with a weeping eye, and upon the future with a watchful eye. If your sorrow is because of certain consequences that have come on your family because of your sin, this is remorse, not true repentance. If, on the other hand, you are grieved because you also sinned against God and His Word, then you are on the right road. Late repentance is seldom true but true repentance is never late.

Repentance is a turning from sin and returning to the Lord.

Repentance adds nothing to faith but is rather an integral part of it. Saving faith is repentant faith.

Repentance and faith are inseparable.

Acts 20:21— Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible refers to salvation as repentance at times.

Romans 2:4— Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

2 Peter 3:9— The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

If a person genuinely loves God, he will have a built-in hatred for sin. It is impossible to love two things contradictory of one another. If you love gardens, you will hate weeds. If you love babies, you will hate abortion. If you love God you will hate sin.

Proverbs 28:13— He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

This verse links the two inseparable parts of true repentance: confession and forsaking sin. True repentance is more than being sorry for your sins. Some are sorry they got caught. This is not repentance. Hell is full of people sorry for their sins.

Judas was sorry for betraying Jesus. He thought he could solve his problem by giving the money back to the priests. It did not work. He ended his anguish by committing suicide. We never saw any repentance in Judas or asking for forgiveness. Judas knew only the burden of broken fellowship and it destroyed him. The test of true repentance does involve a godly sorrow that one has disobeyed and offended the Lord.

2 Corinthians 7:8-9— For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. [9] Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

The truly repentant person, who wants freedom from the burden of broken fellowship, comes to the Lord with no pride, self-will, rights, and no claim to worthiness. He sees himself as a repulsive sinner who has no claim to salvation apart from the abundant grace of God. Without repentance, we will perish.

Luke 13:3— I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Those who do repent of their sins, God has given several promises.

1. The Pacification of God's Anger:

Micah 7:18— Who is a Godlike unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

A silversmith does not need a fancy formula for calculating purity. He simply knows the silver is free of dross when he can see his reflection in the liquefied metal.

When are we pure? When the Lord Jesus Christ looks at us and sees His reflection. What does the Lord see when He looks at you? What do you see when you look at yourself?

1 Corinthians 11:28— But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

2. A Pardon for sins:

Isaiah 55:7— Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

3. Perpetuity or life:

Ezekiel 18:21— But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

4. Peace:

Matthew 5:4— Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5. The Presence of the Spirit of God:

Acts 2:38— Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Psalm 34:18— The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Acts 3:19— Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

6. Prayers will be answered:

2 Chronicles 7:14— If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Fervent praying and repentance lead to revival. History has shown this repeatedly. In 1800, revival began in Kentucky. Extremes of conviction were manifested among rough, lawless, illiterate frontiersmen who trembled, shook, and wept for sorrow and shouted for joy. This revival spread and transformed Kentucky and Tennessee from a lawless community to a God-fearing one.

Revival continued to spread into Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, attracting crowds so huge that the churches could not accommodate all the people. Five to fifteen thousand people would gather in forest clearings.

In 1830, revival swept the coast in the East beginning in Boston and New York, with 100,000 saved the first year. It lasted for 12 years. In 1857, revival spread northward into Canada as men began to pray in New York City. It spread from city to city. Churches, halls, and theaters were filled at noon for prayer. The over-flow filled churches at night.

A national revival swept the nation of Wales in 1904-05. In the first two months, 70,000 were saved. In the first six months, 100,000 were born again. In a two year period, 2,225,000 souls trusted Christ as their Savior. This was ten percent of the population. The birth of this revival was traced to the church pastored by Joseph Jenkins at New Quay in February, 1904. He was burdened by the indifference and apathy of believers, so he began to pray.

Joseph held a prayer meeting for young people on Sunday morning and asked for testimonies of their spiritual experiences. Florie Evans, saved only a few days, rose up and spoke with a trembling voice and said, "I love Jesus Christ with all my heart." Her sincerity had a powerful impact. Revival broke out among the teenagers and they continued to have prayer meetings. News spread and new meetings were started.

Six months later, evangelist Seth Joshua came and found a powerful revival spirit in the area. Revival meetings were held lasting to midnight and 1 a.m. Seth would close the service and revival would break out again beyond his control. Other preachers ministered in the area including Evan Roberts. He said prayer meetings were crowded to capacity to 3 and 4 a.m. Windows were broken to get more air into the buildings because they were so crowded.

Revival continued to spread from town to town throughout Wales. People prayed and sang to 2:30 a.m. Shop keepers closed early to get a good seat in the chapel. Their spiritual excitement made them unaware of their hunger or fatigue. Miners would go to the tabernacle instead of the tavern. Shops were cleared of provisions by out-of-town visitors flocking into the city. People came to the meetings to keep an appointment with the Lord. Chapels were crowded even though the people did not know if the evangelist would be there or not.

Beloved, God still wants to move if we are available to Him and get serious in seeking His face, repenting of our sin.

We have seen the cessation of multitudes, and the caution about perishing. We will now look at the consideration and chagrin over a fig tree.

III. The Consideration and Chagrin Over a Fig Tree 13:6

Luke 13:6— He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

Jesus has used the stories of two catastrophes to stress the importance of repentance. He continues this train of thought and gives the reason why repentance is vital in this parable of an unfruitful fig tree. He tells us of a man who planted a fig tree in his vineyard. When the owner came to see if it was bearing any fruit, he i found nothing at all for all the labor involved in nursing this tree.

Fig trees were valued for their fruit and for their shade. Like the vine, fig trees became a symbol of security and of prosperity. A fruitful tree was a symbol of godly living.

Psalm 1:3— And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

When Jesus first met Nathanael, he was sitting under his fig tree (John 1:48). They grew wild, and in a wild state, the female fig blossoms had to be pollinated by a wasp that developed inside the inedible caprifigs, which grew several times a year. When the fig tree was cultivated over a period of time, it did not need the insect pollination. The cultivated tree was often planted in a vineyard. If the tree was allowed to grow to its full height, it could reach thirty feet, but if it was on rocky soil or was cut back regularly, it could be limited to a bush.

The leaves of the fig tree were large enough to serve as coverings for Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:7). The leaves developed at the end of spring, at the end of April, and were therefore a sign that summer was approaching (Matthew 24:32). Fruit could be found on the tree for about ten months of the year. The first-ripe figs were ready in June, but the main crop matured in August. There was then a small crop of winter figs that often remained until the spring.

When the owner of this tree did a check-up, to his disappointment, he found no fruit at all. Let's stop here for a second and squeeze some truths and insights for living. Let me talk to Christians right here. As the Lord looks at your life right now, does He find any fruit in your life?

Is there evidence in your life that you are a Christian?

Is the fruit of the Holy Spirit evident in your life which includes love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance?

Do you bear the fruit of service for Jesus Christ?

God wants us to be like a fruitful tree!

John 15:8— Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Philippians 1:11— Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

John 15:5— I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

We are chastened and pruned by the Lord in order to be fruitful.

Hebrews 12:11— Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

John 15:2— Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

God is not satisfied with our growth and neither should we. He will prune us, even when we are fruitful, to make us more fruitful. Trials are pruning times to develop fruitfulness and blessing. In January, 1993, the Galeras volcano in Columbia, South America, erupted. A week later, Dr. Fraser Goff, was sampling gas vents in a canyon west of the volcano summit. The guide who was with him jokingly said, "Do you want to look at some gold?" Dr. Goff picked up some of the rocks and cut them into thin slices and sure enough, there was gold laced into the rocks.

This was the first time scientists had detected visible gold particles in an active volcano. A year later, the doctor announced that this volcano was spewing more than a pound of gold each day into the atmosphere and 45 pounds of gold per year into the rocks lining the crater. The magma brought the gold to the surface from a vein of gold at the base of the volcano that was at least ten feet wide.

As the pressure and heat brought the gold to the surface, the pressure of fiery trials brings forth spiritual gold and blessing into our lives. When we respond properly to our trials, we find the gold of increasing faith, character, fruitfulness, blessing, and closeness to the Lord.

Beloved, we are pruned by His removal of that which is dear to us. Pruning cuts at the bad, good, and the better to produce the best in us. It hurts and also helps. We do not enjoy it, but we need it. We need to be fruitful to be useful. What fruit is the Lord trying to produce in your life?

A. The Fruit of Soul-winning

Proverbs 11:30— The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

John 4:36— And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

B. The Fruit of Spiritual Growth

Romans 6:22— But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Matthew 13:23— But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

C. The Fruit of the Spirit of God

Galatians 5:22, 23... But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

D. The Fruit of Surrender and Supplying Others Needs.

Romans 15:26,28... For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

E. The Fruit of Service to Christ

Colossians 1:10— That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

F. The Fruit of Speaking Praises to God

Hebrews 13:15— By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

G. The Fruit of Serenity or Peace

John 14:27— Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

H. The Fruit of Shunning Sinfulness & Shame

Matthew 3:8— Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

I. The Fruit of Submission and Obedience to the Lord

John 15:10— If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

We are to be fruitful in order to be a blessing to others and bring honor and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. When the Lord looks at your life, does He find fruit or disappointment? The owner of the tree was disappointed because the tree was not fulfilling its purpose. Are you fulfilling God's purpose of for your life? Are you doing His will and plan for you? If not, find out His plan and do it.

How can we know God's plan or will for our lives?

  1. Scripture
  2. The Spirit of God
  3. The Sovereigns or authorities over us. This would include parents, pastors, a husband, government officials, etc.
  4. Situations or circumstances in our lives may reveal His plan.
    The Bible teaches several truths about God's plan for our lives.

1. God wants us to KNOW His course for our lives.

He doesn't want us to be ignorant of His will.

Acts 22:14— And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

2. We are to pray about His will.

Psalm 143:8— Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Psalm 143:10— Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

The "land of uprightness" in the Hebrew reads "on level ground."

3. God's plan for us is personal.

Psalm 32:8— I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

4. God's plan is detailed.

Psalm 37:23— The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

It is the Lord who delights in our way that has been established, arranged, or directed by Him. This is the meaning behind the word "ordered" which comes from the Hebrew word kuwn (koon).

5. God's plan for us is continual.

Isaiah 58:11— And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

6. God's plan is specific.

Isaiah 30:21— And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

7. God's plan is good, acceptable, and perfect.

Romans 12:2— And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The Bible teaches that God's will or plan includes certain factors or elements.

a. Separation from sinful living.

I Thessalonians 4:3— For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

b. Supplication or Satisfaction.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18— Pray without ceasing. [18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

c. Service to the Lord.

1 Peter 2:15-16— For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: [16] As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

The liberty we have in Christ is not for the purpose of living sinfully, but living holy lives that glorify Him.

4. Soberness about Life.

James 4:15— For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

5. The Surrender of your whole heart.

Ephesians 6:6— Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

We are not to serve the Lord only when someone is watching us. We are not to serve Him to please men or be recognized by men. We are to serve Christ from the heart because of our love for Him. If we are unwilling to fulfill the purpose for which we were saved, the wasteful labors of our lives will perish. We will lose God's rewards and blessings. We will be saved, but have nothing to show for our lives. This will all come out at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15— [13] Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. [14] If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. [15] If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

We have seen the cessation of multitudes, the caution about perishing, and the consideration and chagrin over a fig tree. Next, we will examine the conclusion and condemnation of the owner.

IV. The Conclusion and Condemnation of the Owner 13:7

Luke 13:7— Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

The lord of the vineyard came to the conclusion that the fruitless tree needed to be removed. A fig tree in fertile soil should certainly have produced fruit. A tree that did not produce for three years was probably not going to produce at all. The three-year period is not from the time of planting, but from the time it should have started bearing fruit.

The farmer gave the command to cut it down so another, more fruitful tree, could be planted in its place. The presence of this fruitless tree was taking up valuable ground. The word translated "cumbereth" means to render barren or sterile. Thus, the tree by taking nourishment from the ground was making the ground of no use to other trees and plants. The tree was wasting good soil and was hindering the plants around it, besides not bearing fruit itself. It was to be removed.

Let me say that I believe the Lord will sometimes call a wayward Christian home to glory because their testimony is hurting the cause of Christ. The barren believer is doing more harm than good. Where would this idea come from in the Bible? Paul hints of this in the first letter to the Corinthians which was a very carnal church. Notice what he says about those who had a frivolous attitude about the Lord's supper.

1 Corinthians 11:28-30... But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. [29] For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. [30] For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. These folks brought God's judgment upon themselves. They ended up "sleeping" which is a term for death. Many of them died.

V. The Continuation of the Tree 13:8-9

Luke 13:8-9— And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: [9] And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

The gardener recommended to the lord of the vineyard to let the tree continue another year. His plan was to fertilize the tree and till the soil around it some more to see if this would bring about fruit. If the plan worked, then that would be great. If the additional attention failed, then it would be time to remove it.

We are reminded here of the longsuffering of our own Lord. God gives people time to repent if they are not saved and turn to Christ. Peter said that the Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. The Lord, however, has a deadline. Once it is crossed, it is too late. He is merciful, but not forever with those who reject Him. He gave the people in Noah's day 120 years, but the Great Flood eventually came. Now is the accepted time. Now is the day of salvation. If you are a Christian, and need to get your life right with God, then do it today.

Some may say, "I don't care what God says. I don't want to repent." Realize right now, if you don't bend your knee and heart to the Lord now, you will one day, whether you like it or not. I note the words of the Apostle Paul.

Philippians 2:10— That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Name of Jesus....

The Name of Jesus gives strength like the parched pilgrim stranded in the desert who drinks cool, chilled water from a dark, deep well.

To those gripped by fear, the Name of Jesus gives calm like the glittering moonlight that reflects its diamonds on the tranquil waters of midnight seas.

The Name of Jesus gives comfort and assurance like a familiar friend in a room filled with strangers.

Like ships nestled in the peace of a hurricane's eye, the Name of Jesus helps the dying saint to embrace peace as they begin their journey through the valley of the shadow of death.

The Name of Jesus commands authority that leaves the demons of Hell trembling like fragile buildings in a massive earthquake.

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Like flaming arrows from a Roman garrison, scorners may hurl their doubt and derision about the deity of Christ, but one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

Liberal politicians may use legislation to erase Jesus from our society like a little boy that smooths the sand on the beach to cover his footprints, but one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

Followers of Confucius, Buddha, or Muhammad have wrongly put their gods on the throne that only belongs to Christ, but one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

Tyrants have burned Bibles or buried them in ware houses, they have martyred courageous Christians by drowning, burning, boiling, cutting, hanging, or feeding them to wild beasts, but one day, one day, one day... every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

If you have not put your faith in Christ, why not do it today?