Some people who were there at that time told Jesus about certain Galileans. Pilate had mixed their blood with their sacrifices.
Jesus said, "These people from Galilee suffered greatly. Do you think they were worse sinners than all the other Galileans?
I tell you, no! But unless you turn away from your sins, you will all die too.
Or what about the 18 people in Siloam? They died when the tower fell on them. Do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?
I tell you, no! But unless you turn away from your sins, you will all die too."
Then Jesus told a story. "A man had a fig tree," he said. "It had been planted in his vineyard. When he went to look for fruit on it, he didn't find any.
So he went to the man who took care of the vineyard. He said, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree. But I haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'
" 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year. I'll dig around it and feed it.
If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "