Repent or Perish
1There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6He also spoke this parable: #Is. 5:2; Matt. 21:19“A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can #(John 15:2)cut it down.’ ”
A Spirit of Infirmity
10Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your #Luke 7:21; 8:2infirmity.” 13#Mark 16:18; Acts 9:17And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had #(Luke 6:6–11; 14:1–6); John 5:16healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, #Ex. 20:9; 23:12“There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and #Matt. 12:10; Mark 3:2; Luke 6:7; 14:3not on the Sabbath day.”
15The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! #(Matt. 7:5; 23:13); Luke 14:5Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16So ought not this woman, #Luke 19:9being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” 17And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were #Mark 5:19, 20done by Him.
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
18#Matt. 13:31, 32; Mark 4:30–32Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
The Parable of the Leaven
20And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three #Matt. 13:33measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
The Narrow Way
22#Matt. 9:35; Mark 6:6And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there #(Matt. 7:14; 20:16)few who are saved?”
And He said to them, 24#(Matt. 7:13)“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for #(John 7:34; 8:21; 13:33; Rom. 9:31)many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25#(Ps. 32:6); Is. 55:6When once the Master of the house has risen up and #Matt. 25:10; Rev. 22:11shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, #Luke 6:46‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, #Matt. 7:23; 25:12‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27#(Matt. 7:23; 25:41)But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. #Ps. 6:8; (Matt. 25:41); Titus 1:16Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28#Matt. 8:12; 13:42; 24:51There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, #Matt. 8:11when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. 29They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. 30#(Matt. 19:30; 20:16); Mark 10:31And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”
31On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.”
32And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day #Luke 24:46; Acts 10:40; 1 Cor. 15:4; (Heb. 2:10; 5:9; 7:28)I shall be perfected.’ 33Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.
Jesus Laments over Jerusalem
34#Matt. 23:37–39; 2 Chr. 24:20, 21; 36:15, 16“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! 35See! #Lev. 26:31, 32; Ps. 69:25; Is. 1:7; Jer. 22:5; Dan. 9:27; Mic. 3:12Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, #Ps. 118:26; Matt. 21:9; Mark 11:10; Luke 19:38; John 12:13‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”