The Message

Luke 13

Unless You Turn to God

11-5 About that time some people came up and told him about the Galileans Pilate had killed while they were at worship, mixing their blood with the blood of the sacrifices on the altar. Jesus responded, “Do you think those murdered Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans? Not at all. Unless you turn to God, you, too, will die. And those eighteen in Jerusalem the other day, the ones crushed and killed when the Tower of Siloam collapsed and fell on them, do you think they were worse citizens than all other Jerusalemites? Not at all. Unless you turn to God, you, too, will die.”

6-7 Then he told them a story: “A man had an apple tree planted in his front yard. He came to it expecting to find apples, but there weren’t any. He said to his gardener, ‘What’s going on here? For three years now I’ve come to this tree expecting apples and not one apple have I found. Chop it down! Why waste good ground with it any longer?’

8-9 “The gardener said, ‘Let’s give it another year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize, and maybe it will produce next year; if it doesn’t, then chop it down.’”

Healing on the Sabbath

10-13 He was teaching in one of the meeting places on the Sabbath. There was a woman present, so twisted and bent over with arthritis that she couldn’t even look up. She had been afflicted with this for eighteen years. When Jesus saw her, he called her over. “Woman, you’re free!” He laid hands on her and suddenly she was standing straight and tall, giving glory to God.

14 The meeting-place president, furious because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the congregation, “Six days have been defined as work days. Come on one of the six if you want to be healed, but not on the seventh, the Sabbath.”

15-16 But Jesus shot back, “You frauds! Each Sabbath every one of you regularly unties your cow or donkey from its stall, leads it out for water, and thinks nothing of it. So why isn’t it all right for me to untie this daughter of Abraham and lead her from the stall where Satan has had her tied these eighteen years?”

17 When he put it that way, his critics were left looking quite silly and red-faced. The congregation was delighted and cheered him on.

The Way to God

18-19 Then he said, “How can I picture God’s kingdom for you? What kind of story can I use? It’s like a pine nut that a man plants in his front yard. It grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches, and eagles build nests in it.”

20-21 He tried again. “How can I picture God’s kingdom? It’s like yeast that a woman works into enough dough for three loaves of bread—and waits while the dough rises.”

22 He went on teaching from town to village, village to town, but keeping on a steady course toward Jerusalem.

23-25 A bystander said, “Master, will only a few be saved?”

He said, “Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires your total attention. A lot of you are going to assume that you’ll sit down to God’s salvation banquet just because you’ve been hanging around the neighborhood all your lives. Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, ‘Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.’

26-27 “You’ll protest, ‘But we’ve known you all our lives!’ only to be interrupted with his abrupt, ‘Your kind of knowing can hardly be called knowing. You don’t know the first thing about me.’

28-30 “That’s when you’ll find yourselves out in the cold, strangers to grace. You’ll watch Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets march into God’s kingdom. You’ll watch outsiders stream in from east, west, north, and south and sit down at the table of God’s kingdom. And all the time you’ll be outside looking in—and wondering what happened. This is the Great Reversal: the last in line put at the head of the line, and the so-called first ending up last.”

31 Just then some Pharisees came up and said, “Run for your life! Herod’s on the hunt. He’s out to kill you!”

32-35 Jesus said, “Tell that fox that I’ve no time for him right now. Today and tomorrow I’m busy clearing out the demons and healing the sick; the third day I’m wrapping things up. Besides, it’s not proper for a prophet to come to a bad end outside Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killer of prophets,
        abuser of the messengers of God!
How often I’ve longed to gather your children,
        gather your children like a hen,
Her brood safe under her wings—
        but you refused and turned away!
And now it’s too late: You won’t see me again
        until the day you say,
    ‘Blessed is he
    who comes in
    the name of God.’”

Nkwa Asem

Luka 13

Ɔsoro kwan no yɛ hihiaa

1Saa bere no ara mu, nnipa bi bɛka kyerɛɛ Yesu se, Pilato akum Galileafo bi a wɔrebɔ afɔre ama Onyankopɔn maa wɔn mogya fraa afɔrebɔ no.

Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Mugye di sɛ saa Galileafo no yɛ nnebɔneyɛfo sen wɔn a aka no nyinaa nti na wokum wɔn no? Dabida, sɛ mo nso moansakra mo adwene a, wobekum mo saa ara.

“Anaasɛ mususuw sɛ nnipa dunwɔtwe a Siloa abantenten no bu guu wɔn so, kum wɔn no yɛ nnebɔneyɛfo sen nnipa a na wɔte Yerusalem no? Dabida, mo nso moansakra a, mubewuwu saa ara.”

Afei, Yesu buu wɔn bɛ yi se, “Ɔbarima bi duaa akutu wɔ ne turo mu. Da bi ɔkɔɔ turo no mu hɔ sɛ ɔrekɔtew ɛso aba no bi nanso wannya bi. Ɛno akyi, ɔfrɛɛ turo no so hwɛfo no ka kyerɛɛ no se, ‘Mfe abiɛsa ni, bere biara a mɛba sɛ merebɛtew akutu no bi no, minnya bi. Adɛn nti na ɛresɛe kwa yi? Twa kyene.’

“Turo no so hwɛfo no srɛɛ no sɛ, ‘Me wura, ma ensi hɔ afe yi nso na mingugu ase sumina nhwɛ sɛ ebia, ɛbɛsow aba bi anaa, na sɛ antumi ansow a, ɛnne metwa akyene.’”

Yesu sa yare homeda

10 Homeda bi a Yesu rekyerɛkyerɛ wɔ hyiadan mu no, 11 na ɔbea bi wɔ hɔ a hohommɔne mu yare bi akyere no mfe dunwɔtwe ama ne mu akoa a ontumi nteɛ ne mu koraa.

12 Yesu huu no no, ɔfrɛɛ no fii nnipa no mu ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Ɔbea, wo ho nyɛ wo dɛn.” 13 Ɔde ne nsa guu no so, na amonom hɔ ara otumi teɛɛ ne mu. Na ɔbea no yii Onyankopɔn ayɛ.

14 Hyiadan no so panyin a ohuu ɔbea no ayaresa no de abufuw kae se, “Nnansia na ɛsɛ sɛ mode yɛ adwuma a saa nna no mu na ɛsɛ sɛ moba na wɔsa mo yare na ɛnyɛ homeda.”

15 Na Awurade buaa no se, “Nyaatwomfo! Mo mu hena na ɔnsan ne nantwi anaa n’afurum na ɔnka no nkɔnom nsu homeda? 16 Adɛn nti na Abraham aseni yi a ɔbonsam afa no dommum mfe dunwɔtwe ni no ɛnsɛ sɛ mesa no yare homeda?“

17 Ɔkaa saa no, wɔn a na wɔne n’adwene nhyia no nyinaa ani wui. Nnipa no nso a na wɔwɔ hyiadan no mu nyinaa ani gyei n’anwonnwade ahorow a ɔyɛe no nyinaa ho.

Onyaa aba ne mmɔkaw ho bɛ

18 Afei Yesu fitii ase kyerɛkyerɛɛ wɔn Onyankopɔn Ahenni no ho asɛm, na obisaa wɔn se, “Onyankopɔn Ahenni no te dɛn? Na dɛn na memfa nto ho nkyerɛkyerɛ ase? 19 Onyankopɔn Ahenni no te sɛ onyaa aba ketewaa bi a obi dua wɔ n’afuw mu na enyin yɛ dutan kɛse ma nnomaa kɔnwene wɔn birebuw wɔ so.”

20 Obisaa bio se, “Dɛn bio na memfa ntoto ho nkyerɛ ase? 21 Ɛte sɛ mmɔkaw bi a abodootofo de fɔtɔw mmɔre ma etu.”

Ɔpon teɛteaa no

22 Bere a Yesu rekɔ Yerusalem no, ɔkyerɛkyerɛɛ wɔ nkurow so ne nkuraa ase ansa na ɔredu hɔ.

23 Ne nkyerɛkyerɛ no mu obi bisaa no se, “Awurade, nnipa kakraa bi na wobegye wɔn nkwa anaa?” 24 Obuaa no se, “Mompere nhyɛn ɔpon teɛteaa no mu, efisɛ, nnipa pii bɛpere sɛ wobewura mu nanso wɔrentumi. 25 Sɛ ɛba sɛ ofiwura no ato ɔpon no mu a, mobɛba abegyina akyi abɔ mu, aka se, ‘Owura, yɛsrɛ wo, bue yɛn.’ Na ɔno nso abisa mo se, ‘Mufi he? Minnim mo?’

26 “Na mo nso moaka akyerɛ no se, ‘Yɛne wo too nsa didii na wokyerɛkyerɛɛ wɔ yɛn mmorɔn so.’

27 “Na ofiwura no nso bebisa mo bio se, ‘Mufi he? Minnim mo. Mumfi m’ani so nkɔ, mo nnebɔneyɛfo!’

28 “Na sɛ muhu Abraham, Isak, Yakob ne nkɔmhyɛfo no nyinaa sɛ wɔwɔ Onyankopɔn Ahenni no mu na muntumi nkɔ hɔ bi a, mode mo nsa begu mo ti atwa agyaadwo. 29 Nnipa fi wiase afanan nyinaa behyia wɔ Onyankopɔn Ahenni no mu hɔ ato nsa adidi. 30 Na monkae sɛ akyikafo bi wɔ hɔ a, wobedi kan, na adikanfo bi nso wɔ hɔ a, wɔbɛka akyiri.”

Yesu twa Yerusalem ho agyaadwo

31 Saa bere no ara mu Farisifo bi baa Yesu nkyɛn bɛka kyerɛɛ no se, “Fi ha kɔ, efisɛ, Herode rehwehwɛ wo akum wo.”

32 Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Monkɔka nkyerɛ sakraman no se, metu ahohommɔne, na masa nyarewa ɛnnɛ ne ɔkyena na ne nnansa so no, medu Yerusalem. 33 Nanso ɛsɛ sɛ menantew ɛnnɛ ne ɔkyena ne n’adekyee na etwa ara na etwa sɛ odiyifo bewu wɔ Yerusalem!

34 “Yerusalem, Yerusalem, wo a wukum adiyifo na wusiw wɔn a wɔsomaa wɔn wo nkyɛn no abo! Mpɛn ahe ni a mepɛe sɛ meboaboa wo mma ano sɛ akokɔbeatan boaboa ne mma ano ne ntaban ase, nanso moampene so. 35 Na mo afi bɛdan afituw na morenhu me kosi sɛ mobɛka se, “Nhyira ne nea ɔnam Awurade din mu reba no!”