Repent or Perish-Luke 13
Jesus pushed the theme of “perish” repeatedly in Luke 13 which I just read this morning.
Luke 13:1–5 (ESV)
13 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 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? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
ESV has given a heading here “Repent or Perish” quite aptly I must say. It’s just like that Jesus brought up the theme “perish” again and again. Our Lord has talked about hell more than anyone in the bible, and He will be the Judge judging and deciding whose going to heaven or going to hell and perish!
The word “perish” in Greek is utter destruction. It’s not like just disappear or something, but total utter destruction. many other versed Jesus talked about outer darkness or gnashing of teeth.
Many today will call this brim storm preachers, not suitable for a modern big sophisticated western city like New York. Those brim storm preachers are gone. I agree to some extent, but don’t throw out the message “repent or perish” that stays!
What we need today in NYC or big cities like London, Paris, Shanghai is to wake up and take more seriously that people will perish is actually seriously really going to happen. Jesus heard that the Galileans blood were mixed by the evil governor Pilate with sacrifices. Many have asked if they really had done something really bad to deserve that or what? But Jesus doesn’t think so. He said do you think those Galileans are worse sinner than the rest?? That point is mute. It doesn’t matter, whatever whey you look at it, what matters is what Jesus said v3 unless you repent, you all likewise perish, or likewise utterly destroyed. That’s what has saying. The bottom line is whether we repent of our sins. It’s not whether we have done more veil or less evil things in this world and suffer. Of course, many done nothing wrong to deserve the evils lashed on them, lie right now the Ukrainians being bombed by some distant aggressor. Why? We cant expound on that now. But what’s crystal clear is unless you repent, you will perish, you will go to hell, in other words, where there is burning fire day and night torment. I wish more will be preached on this, so people will take hell fire more seriously!
Some preachers call hell as the absence of God. That’s like a thousand times watered version of what Jesus talked about hell! Give me a verse to back that statement. None! Jesus talked about hell as the burning day and night torment of fire, chained etc.
Then Jesus went over to all about those who died by the falling tower of Siloam, do you think they were worse offenders than those who lived in Jerusalem Jesus asked? NO! The answer is emphatic no from our Lord Jesus! Then he returns to his burning theme he wants to get out to the world, “Repent or you will likewise perish.” Even if you live well healthy, prosperous, kind, giving to the poor even, but if you don’t repent, you will perish or utterly be destroyed. Jesus’ point is repent. You can only repent when you believe in Christ and his death on the cross for you and his resurrection gloriously. By that, you will repent with meaning and begin to put into action what you believe. Believing Christ means you would love him and obey his voice. That’s salvation!!
Love Jesus, and you won’t perish!