S (Scripture): Luke 13:31 At that time, some Pharisees came up and said to Jesus, “Get away from here, because Herod wants to kill you.” 32 But he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work. 33 Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible that a prophet should be killed outside Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it! 35 Look, your house is forsaken! And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
O (Observation): Jesus is not worried about Herod. Jesus knows that his true challenge will come from the Jewish people and their unwillingness to see Jesus as the Son of God.
A commentary I use states:
Jesus’ statement, it is impossible that a prophet should be killed outside Jerusalem, is filled with irony; Jesus, traveling about in Galilee (most likely), has nothing to fear from Herod; it is his own people living in the very center of Jewish religion and worship who present the greatest danger to his life. The underlying idea is that Jerusalem, though she stands at the very heart of the worship of God, often kills the prophets God sends to her (v. 34). In the end, Herod will be much less a threat than Jerusalem
This is why Jesus makes reference to his work being completed on the third day. His death, by crucifixion, and his resurrection, will be the completion of his work.
A (Application): We get very comfortable with our religion. We like knowing what’s right and wrong and what’s in and what’s out. Knowing that, we therefore know “who” is in or out. The Jewish people of the time fell prey to knowing the boundaries. Jesus knew the boundaries and burst through them time and again…all for the sake of revealing more of God’s kingdom on earth.
We can get very comfortable with our religion and deciding for ourselves the boundary markers. We can begin to trust in our grace and think that our grace rules the world. Except it doesn’t. Our grace is limited. God’s is eternal.
Should we live a life of sin? Absolutely not! But when we – the church – lead with judgment, over grace, people no longer want to hear what our God has to say. And if they don’t hear what God has to say through us – the church – then maybe they will choose to ignore our God completely.
Jesus knowingly suffered on our behalf and God overcame that suffering and death.
Now, we have been joined to that resurrection possibility.
Now, we live a life of hope.
Before we exclude people from that hope, let’s share the Good News with all people and let God work in the people with whom we share this message.
P (Prayer): Lord, help us to tear down walls and share the Gospel with ALL people. Amen.