Second Chance?

How do you feel about second chances?   Probably pretty good when you need one; maybe not so sure when giving someone a second chance.

In Luke 13: 1-5 we hear Jesus give a talk, Repent or Perish.

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, ‘Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.’

Sounds harsh to me.  What is Jesus up to? 

Luke then reports Jesus shared this parable in verses 6-9, The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.  So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?”  He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it.  If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’

What is Jesus' point with these two paragraphs?  Perhaps that God is definitely the God of second chances, perhaps it's just that we have a part to play in receiving the second (third, fourth, fiftieth...) chance.  We need to turn around (repent) and we need to be nurtured and apply the right nutrients (worship, scripture, prayer, community) so that we might bear good fruit.

Blessings for your Saturday.  We'll be looking for you in worship at 9 or 10:30 am. 



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