(1-5) Repent or Perish
It matters not how little or how much one has sinned. We must all repent to turn to Christ for salvation now to avoid perishing later. The millions of people who died before us were no greater sinners than us. Everyone who does not repent, will perish; but those who do, will live forever.
(6-9) The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
There’s no use in us being called Christians if our lives are fruitless. Christ does not expect His followers to be barren, but full and overflowing with good works, light, and truth.
(10-17) A Woman with a Disabling Spirit
Christ did not always wait for people to come to Him before He healed them. In this situation, the woman who had a disabling spirit was just sitting and listening to Jesus teach. When Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and laid His hands on her and healed her. Perhaps this woman was afraid of what the synagogue rulers would say if she approached Jesus. Or perhaps after being bent over for eighteen years, she did not think it possible for her condition to be fixed. But Christ can make all souls well and all lives straight, no matter how crooked or bent they may, whether physically or spiritually. Nothing/no one is beyond His healing reach.
(18-21) The Mustard Seed and the Leaven
The kingdom of God is often compared to a mustard seed, because a mustard seed is a tiny seed which grows into a gigantic tree. Likewise, the kingdom of God started off small – a babe in a manger, a bloody death of a cross, a crew of fearful disciples – but known it has grown into a big, strong, global revolution.
Favorite verse: (12) When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.”