62 Determination of the gardener

Luke 13:1-9
Isaiah 53:7-9
T People of anti-Roma

The trip around the Jewish district of Jesus continues. It is thought that it began from 10:38 (Bethany visit); but, when Chapter 12 was over, would it have passed for approximately 2-3 months? Because, at least at this time, news that Jesus is visiting Jewish districts considerably spread out, it is thought people of the opposition including the Pharisee and disciples of Jesus and His sympathizer might begin to do their tide of war considerably clearly. The article of Chapter 13 began in such situation. "Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had migled with their sacrifices." (1)@As for this case that Pilate of Jewish governor-general of Rome caused, it is thought that when Jerusalem pilgrims were offering sacrifice in a shrine, it happened at the time. Was it after that? People who witnessed it came for a report to Jesus expressly. If they had come to Jesus because those people were Galileans same as them, probably, they would be people of the Zealot. Pilate often repeated such a reckless action, and therefore he was dismissed the governor-general before long; but they were political organizations of the Galilee birth that waited eagerly for a Messiah kingdom while doing the terrorism to such of power. Surely it seems that they came to the report with the expectation of the kingdom nation of anti-Roma to Jesus, because they thought He was the Messiah. No, possibly this reporter might be a Pharisee. They might have come to aim at an opportunity to accuse Jesus with doubt@"Pilate performed such a reckless action in a target to the Zealot, you might be a person who is equal to the accomplice", I think. Because there was Simon in the group of disciples of Jesus, he was from the Zealot. Or, they denied the violence, but, because Pharisees were the same as the Zealot in the point objecting to Rome, it may be said that they schemed an appeal that they were also anti-Rome to the people, by obtaining a pledge of Jesus.
Anyway, they wanted to roll up Jesus for their own purposes in this case.


U Now, regain thought to God

However, Jesus said. "Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but, unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (2-3) John the Baptist pressed them for repentance once (3:7-9) However, they refused that advice (7:30) and were not going to change their self-centered way of life. And Jesus pressed them for repentance again, too, but they refused it (11:53-54). And Jesus already gave one chance again. A wish of Jesus will be that they change in their way of life to meet God. The eyes of God only merely stare only at there whether our thought is suitable for God or not. People must make modifications, if he stare at only the remote direction from God . If is not revised, the point to arrive at is a fall. However, whether they (we also) recognize God or not, the eyes of God stare at them; if they do not do repentance, the way to the fall is prepared for surely. The invitation to the Gospel; first of all, the last message that it begins with the recognition of the crime is repeated again, here. The eyes which must face God are looking at a different course. It is "sin". Please remember that "sin" is "to exclude a mark". Their reply was written down in nothing here, but unfortunately, had they rejected a wish of Jesus again? Not only they but also we will be very stubborn in a thing called self-assertion, don't you?

Luke wrote this article for the foreigner church and the neighboring people, of his times; but when we watch in this way, it is felt to be able to focus on the modern, us. They prolong it trailingly and cause the worst situation. Even one of the state of global warming, it will be known that a situation becomes more serious. Probably the internal problem of the person called sin is not such talk of destruction of nature. If you do not regain thought to God now, only way to the fall is waiting; this article seems to be declaration from Jesus and Luke.


V Determination of the gardener

Luke repeats one similar article again. "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (4-5)

There is not other documents, but probably this would be a then famous case. This kind of disaster very well symbolized fragility of the urbiculture which modernized, and, Jerusalem was a town having a lot of such problems. Luke seems to superimpose his times and the present age on Jerusalem / the sacred capital. Because, that town is the special place for people of God. Yes, it is. I repeat it; but all the people was given life from God and they were the people whom He brought up, regardless of being conscious. However, most people brag that they do not know God. That state is totally like the Jew itself. The extinction of sacred capital / Jerusalem was brought by the obstinate of residents. We meet the times called the end, and now, that extinction is going to reappear. I feel that this disaster seems to focus "the fall" which is going to come.

And Luke steps in the Gospel. It is from His parable. "A certain man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it, and did not find any. And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit in this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?' And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; and if it bears fruit nest year, fine; but if not, cut it down.'" (6-9) It seems the fig grows three years later planted; and probably he would have been waiting to grow expecting it in "this year" every year. It was unknown why it was a fig tree in the vineyard, but because the fig was the product which represented that ground, possibly a fig might be to emphasize "a special person" (it's you and me, too) for God. The gardener did not miss care. He was expecting it grows. However, it did not grow still after three years. The tree which was told by owner (God) "to cut it down"; surely, it will point people who does not repent and does not hear words of God and is going to already die out anymore. And of course, a gardener to defend for the tree will be Jesus Christ. "Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer;" Is it His prayer? Is it the intercession of His words? However, it is irritating and does not grow, even if I think about oneself. And the words of the gardener continue. "but if not, cut it down." This parable broke off with leaving a lingering sound, here; but disciples had known soon, this gardener who loved figs and worked hard, and the fig which was cut down, it was Jesus Christ Himself. "But if not, cut it down." It was "Please cut Me down". We want to hear this Gospel, don't you?



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