No One Can Stop God’s Plan (Luke 13:18-35)

31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”

32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”  (Luke 13:31-35)

Learn it:

            I am going to focus on Luke 13:31-35.  Versus 18-30 are about the kingdom of God and the need to respond to the Gospel.  Jesus is making his case that people need to decide and they need to make sure they are going to enter through the narrow door.  If someone wants to enter into heaven, they must have a personal relationship with God. 

After saying those things, we get to verse 31.  The Pharisee’s are just looking for an opportunity to stop Jesus’ ministry.  They hear King Herod wants him dead so they hope they can keep their hands clean by telling this news to Jesus (13:31).  Jesus is not phased by this.  He confidentially tells them that he is going to continue his work.  He is not going to slow down!  He then turns and has compassion for them.  Israel is God’s chosen people and they are rejecting the Messiah.  God has loved his people and taken great care of them.  The hour is approaching where they need to make a decision on who Jesus is.  That day is coming soon.

Live it:

            For believers, this is a good section to know about for people who believe there are many ways to get into heaven.  Here it is clear that you have to know Jesus Christ and have a relationship with him.  He is the only way.  For followers of Christ, it should encourage us to make sure that we do have a close, personal relationship with him.  It is also a warning that God’s plans cannot be stopped.  Jesus was not afraid of Herod because he has authority over all of creation.  Jesus is very compassionate and gives people a chance to know him but a judgment day is coming.

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