Hello, today sermon had the Gospel!
The pastor preached on Luke 13:1-9 which says:
“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.”
6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’””
The Pastor said that good things can happen to bad and good people, and bad things can happen to bad and good people. But he continued to say that really there are no good people, because only God is good. He said there aren’t good and bad people, instead there are wicked people, and then there are really wicked people.
The pastor talked about repenting from sin. He talked about the fact that, even though the Galileans from the passage had died, it wasn’t because God was directly punishing them for some sin they did. We might not be punished right at the moment we are sinning, but we will have to testify to God. We can’t say to God that we are amazing because of what we’ve done, but because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Jesus took the wrath for all our sins on the cross.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland