Luke 13:1-22 The Message Bible

Repent or Perish

13 1  About that time some people came up and told him about the Galileans Pilate had killed while they were at worship, mixing their blood with the blood of the sacrifices on the altar. 2  Jesus responded, "Do you think those murdered Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 3  Not at all. Unless you turn to God, you too will die. 4  And those eighteen in Jerusalem the other day, the ones crushed and killed when the Tower of Siloam collapsed and fell on them, do you think they were worse citizens than all other Jerusalemites? 5  Not at all. Unless you turn to God, you too will die."

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

6  Then he told them a story: "A man had an apple tree planted in his front yard. He came to it expecting to find apples, but there weren't any. 7  He said to his gardener, 'What's going on here? For three years now I've come to this tree expecting apples and not one apple have I found. Chop it down! Why waste good ground with it any longer?' 8  "The gardener said, 'Let's give it another year. I'll dig around it and fertilize, 9  and maybe it will produce next year; if it doesn't, then chop it down.'"

A Crippled Woman Healed on the Sabbath

10  He was teaching in one of the meeting places on the Sabbath. 11  There was a woman present, so twisted and bent over with arthritis that she couldn't even look up. She had been afflicted with this for eighteen years. 12  When Jesus saw her, he called her over. "Woman, you're free!" 13  He laid hands on her and suddenly she was standing straight and tall, giving glory to God. 14  The meeting-place president, furious because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the congregation, "Six days have been defined as work days. Come on one of the six if you want to be healed, but not on the seventh, the Sabbath." 15  But Jesus shot back, "You frauds! Each Sabbath every one of you regularly unties your cow or donkey from its stall, leads it out for water, and thinks nothing of it. 16  So why isn't it all right for me to untie this daughter of Abraham and lead her from the stall where Satan has had her tied these eighteen years?" 17  When he put it that way, his critics were left looking quite silly and red-faced. The congregation was delighted and cheered him on.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

18  Then he said, "How can I picture God's kingdom for you? What kind of story can I use? 19  It's like a pine nut that a man plants in his front yard. It grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches, and eagles build nests in it."

The Parable of the Leaven

20  He tried again. "How can I picture God's kingdom? 21  It's like yeast that a woman works into enough dough for three loaves of bread - and waits while the dough rises."

The Narrow Gate

22  He went on teaching from town to village, village to town, but keeping on a steady course toward Jerusalem.

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