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Change Your Hearts

1At that time some people were there with Jesus. These people told Jesus about what happened to some people from Galilee. Pilate killed those people while they were worshiping. Pilate mixed their blood with the blood of the animals they were sacrificing {to God}.

2Jesus answered, “Do you think this happened to those people because they were more sinful than all other people from Galilee?

3No, they were not! But if all of you don’t change your hearts and lives, then you will be destroyed like those people were!

4What about those 18 people that died when the tower of Siloam fell on them? Do you think those people were more sinful than all the people that live in Jerusalem?

5They were not! But I tell you if you don’t change your hearts and lives, then you will all be destroyed too!”

The Useless Tree

6Jesus told this story: “A man had a fig tree. He planted the tree in his garden. The man came looking for some fruit on the tree, but he found none.

7The man had a servant that took care of his garden. So the man said to his servant, ‘I have been looking for fruit on this tree for three years, but I never find any. Cut it down! Why should it waste the ground?’

8But the servant answered, ‘Master, let the tree have one more year to make fruit. Let me dig up the dirt around it and put on some plant food.

9Maybe the tree will make fruit next year. If the tree still does not make fruit, then you can cut it down.’”

Jesus Heals a Woman on the Sabbath

10Jesus taught in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day.

11In that synagogue there was a woman that had a spirit {from the devil} inside her. This spirit had made the woman crippled for 18 years. Her back was always bent; she could not stand up straight.

12When Jesus saw her, he called to her, “Woman, your sickness has gone away from you!”

13Jesus put his hands on her. Then she was able to stand up straight. She praised God.

14The synagogue leader was angry because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. The leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come to be healed on one of those days. Don’t come for healing on the Sabbath day.”

15The Lord (Jesus) answered, “You people are hypocrites! All of you untie your work animals and lead them to drink water every day—even on the Sabbath day!

16This woman that I healed is our Jewish sister. But Satan (the devil) has held her for 18 years. Surely it is not wrong for her to be made free from her sickness on a Sabbath day!”

17When Jesus said this, all the men that were criticizing him felt ashamed of themselves. And all the people were happy for the wonderful things Jesus was doing.

What Is God’s Kingdom Like?
(Mt. 13:31–33; Mk. 4:30–32)

18Then Jesus said, “What is God’s kingdom like? What can I compare it with?

19God’s kingdom is like the seed of the mustard plant. A person plants this seed in his garden. The seed grows and becomes a tree. The birds build nests on its branches.”

20Jesus said again, “What can I compare God’s kingdom with?

21It is like yeast that a woman mixes into a big bowl of flour to make bread. The yeast makes all the dough (bread) rise.”

The Narrow Door
(Mt. 7:13–14, 21–23)

22Jesus was teaching in every town and village. He continued to travel toward Jerusalem.

23Someone said to Jesus, “Lord, how many people will be saved? Only a few?” Jesus said,

24“Try hard to enter through the narrow door {that opens the way to heaven}! Many people will try to enter there, but they will not be able to enter.

25If a man locks the door of his house, then you can stand outside and knock on the door, but he won’t open it. You can say, ‘Sir, open the door for us!’ But the man will answer, ‘I don’t know you! Where did you come from?’

26Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you. You taught in the streets of our town.’

27Then he will say to you, ‘I don’t know you! Where did you come from? Go away from me! You are all people that do wrong!’

28You will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in God’s kingdom. But you will be left outside. Then you will cry with fear and anger.

29People will come from the east, west, north, and south. They will sit down at the table in the kingdom of God.

30People that have the lowest place in life now will have the highest place in God’s kingdom. And people that have the highest place now will have the lowest place in God’s kingdom.”

Jesus Will Die in Jerusalem
(Mt. 23:37–39)

31At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away from here and hide! Herod wants to kill you!”

32Jesus said to them, “Go tell that fox (Herod), ‘Today and tomorrow I am forcing demons out of people and finishing my work of healing. Then, the next day, the work will be finished.’

33After that, I must go, because all prophets should die in Jerusalem.

34“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets. You kill with rocks the people God has sent to you. Many, many times I wanted to help your people. I wanted to gather your people together like a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you did not let me.

35Now your home will be left completely empty. I tell you, you will not see me again until that time when you will say, ‘Welcome! God bless the One that comes in the name of the Lord (God).’

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