20Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God.21“What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse.22I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.
23“And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the iplace of the dead. For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today.24I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.”
Jesus takes a minute to warn the people in the towns where he had worked his miracles. Can you imagine seeing Jesus heal the blind and make the paralyzed walk and not honor and follow him? How could they be so blind and heartless?
How can I?
I have seen even greater miracles than these. I have seen shattered lives of miserable existence become fountains of love and hope and joy. I have seen alcoholics come back to life and drug addicts cry with joy for their freedom. In my life God has pulled me from the pit of disgust and death and gave me a life of hope and direction.
And yet I wonder how often I have failed to see his hand at work around me. And I know I can sin. I know I can fall so far so fast it would make a suicide jump look like a swan dive. How often do I fail to see Jesus mighty work in my day-to-day life and repent of my wicked thoughts and anger? Or worse, why am I not a constant beacon of joy and hope for Jesus has truly brought me back to life from the dead.
Lord, open my eyes to your work around me. Open my heart to your love and mercy. Help me to repent of my every sin. Make me a fountain of love and joy – your love and your joy. Beginner’s Online Bible Study *obbs*