Here’s today’s rather sobering selection:
Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
Jesus’ toughest words were often reserved for those closest to him. As he said elsewhere, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.” (Luke 12:48)
Arguably, no towns on this planet have ever been given more than Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida. Capernaum was chosen by Jesus to be the headquarters of his operation. Chorazin and Bethsaida were right nearby. They were all blessed by his presence and miracles but stubbornly refused to turn from their sinful ways and embrace him.
As Jesus made clear: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” (John 3:34)
The choice is simple: Jesus or destruction. Repent: turn from your sin and turn to Jesus.
There’s no other way to live.
(For more from Jesus on repentance, click here.)