Cut it down

Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7 and Luke 13:1-9

Key Verse: Luke 13:7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, “For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig-tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?” (NIVUK)

In chapter 12 Jesus has been warning about the danger we are in and how we should be prepared. Watchfulness, division between followers of truth and those of lies even within families, and being connected to Jesus in order bear fruit where covered.

In chapter 13 this theme of being ready continues. Jesus is asked about a tragedy, and he uses the opportunity to teach that it is not how we physically die, which is important, but what our spiritual state is when we die.

Jesus drives home the point using a parable about an unfruitful fig tree, to show that time is limited, and God’s patience, even though it is long lasting, can and does run out.

The gospel is only good news to those who respond to it.

Sermon Points:
A: Tragedy
B: Tree
C: Time limit

Series: Luke

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 05 October 2014

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