What Jesus Did! 'Worse than Sodom?' — Luke 10:12

Sunday, June 30, 2019

[Jesus, to the seventy-two disciples, referring to any town that rejects the disciples and his message:] "I assure you, even wicked Sodom will be better off than such a town on judgment day."
— Luke 10:12 NLT
Illustration of Luke 10:12 NLT — [Jesus, to the seventy-two disciples, referring to any town that rejects the disciples and his message:] "I assure you, even wicked Sodom will be better off than such a town on judgment day."

Key Thought

Jesus is trying to help his disciples understand the dire consequences for those who reject his message that the disciples are taking to the towns. For those from Jewish heritage, there is no worse example of evil than the city of Sodom. Nor is there any more powerful example of God's judgment for rejecting a chance to leave that evil than Sodom. Jesus wants it made clear that rejecting him, his messengers, and his message is worse than Sodom and is choosing a fate worse than Sodom. This sobering truth should make us realize how precious the message of Jesus is for the salvation of the lost world... and for our own!

Today's Prayer

Father, in a world of relativism where the only value seems to be to despise those with values, please help me know with both my mind and my heart the importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Never let me take it lightly. Never let me take for granted the need others have to know your Son as their Lord, but instead, help me to do something to help others come to know your Son as their Savior. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Genesis 19:12-25
  • Isaiah 1:9
  • Lamentations 4:6

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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