When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them....
…and repented of all their sin and placed their faith on Jesus to deliver them from the error of their ways in having been so foolish as to oppose the very One who offered them life.
46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.
How do you respond when you perceive the Bible is talking about you? Not just talking about sin in general or someone else’s bad habits; but what about when it talks to you about your specific sin and your specific bad habits?
All too often we, like the Pharisees, seek to continue down the very path the Bible is warning us to avoid, but we fear the crowds' (family, friends, church) condemnation, so we pretend.
You must confess and repent even of the things you would like to do, but don’t do, simply because you fear men’s reactions.
But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out.