Repent or Die
Verse 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
After yesterday’s discussion about bad things happening and them not being the result of sin we turn to look at Jesus’ clarification after declaring that isn’t how God works.
Jesus saying “unless you repent, you too will all perish” was not saying that if they didn’t repent they would meet similar ends as the Galileans. Nor was He saying that God would kill them because they didn’t repent. Romans 6:23 says that the payment due sin is death and this is true but Jesus needed His listeners, and us, to see that physical death wasn’t the point being made. Paul understood as he wrote to the believers in Rome that spiritual death is the result of sinning against God.
Sin breaks communication with God and grieves the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew and wanted His followers to know that life came from relationship with Him. When we are living in a way that embraces our sin we will come to find that it doesn’t fulfill like we thought it would. That is when we find that we are dying spiritually. We can’t truly live and continue keeping relationship with our sin.
We often think that one little step away from God’s way of living isn’t that bad, His rules are kind of rigid after all, but have you ever thought about why His rules are not as loose as the world? He doesn’t want us living towards death. He wants us living in a way that leads to life, life to the fullest and ultimately life with Him eternally. See He wants more for us than we want for ourselves.
But life doesn’t start without repentance. This was Jesus’ point about repentance, that without it we will be dead. We wouldn’t be dead in the sense of the here and now, but the here and now isn’t what life is all about, is it? Our outlook on life should be much longer, eternal. And that is why repentance is so important.
We need to remember that repentance isn’t merely saying we are sorry. No, it is turning from our sin and turning fully to God. He is the giver of life after all. And the very presence of eternal life.
Making It Personal
Is there a sin you need to repent of? Would God say there is a sin for you to repent of? Take time and examine your life to see if you are truly living.
Making It Personal Kids
What is sin? Why does God hate it? Do you have a sin in your life that is making Jesus unhappy?
Father, You are holy and Your holiness can’t be in relationship with sin. We cannot truly live without You. Father, please convict us of sin that is hindering our growth towards life. In Jesus’ name, amen.