How important is repentance? Without it, there is no difference between an unbeliever and believer.

BibleGateway: Luke 13:1-9

ESV Text: Luke 13:1-9

Luke 13:1–9 (Listen)

Repent or Perish

13:1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 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? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:0 and ends at about 1:14

     1 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? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

     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. 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? 8 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 149 (LSB 435):
Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain

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1. Come to Calvary’s holy mountain, 
Sinners, ruined by the Fall; 
Here a pure and healing fountain 
Flows to you, to me, to all, 
In a full, perpetual tide, 
Opened when our Savior died. 

2. Come in poverty and meanness, 
Come defiled, without, within; 
From infection and uncleanness, 
From the leprosy of sin, 
Wash your robes and make them white; 
Ye shall walk with God in light. 

3. Come in sorrow and contrition, 
Wounded, impotent, and blind; 
Here the guilty free remission, 
Here the troubled peace, may find. 
Health this fountain will restore; 
He that drinks shall thirst no more. 

4. He that drinks shall live forever; 
Tis a soul-renewing flood. 
God is faithful; God will never 
Break His covenant of blood, 
Signed when our Redeemer died, 
Sealed when He was glorified.