"It will be bad for you, Chorazin! It will be bad for you, Bethsaida! I did many miracles in you. If those same miracles had happened in Tyre and Sidon, then the people in those cities would have changed their lives and stopped sinning a long time ago. They would have worn sackcloth and put ashes on themselves to show that they were sorry for their sins. But on the judgment day it will be worse for you than for Tyre and Sidon. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? No! You will be thrown down to the place of death!"
— Luke 10:13-15 NLT
Jesus seldom pronounces judgment so sternly and so clearly. Yet here, he does so with great passion and clarity. He had done great miracles and taught God's truth. Yet the people refused to believe in him and change their lives. Jesus is the embodiment of God's love. However, part of love is being upset, concerned, and yes, even angry when those we love choose destruction. By rejecting Jesus, these cities chose death and destruction over deliverance. Let's understand the stakes in the choices that people make and work for deliverance in the lives of those we influence now, as well as those that we can possible influence in the future.
O God, I am shocked and motivated to see Jesus' sharp words and deep frustration. I know he left heaven to bring salvation and that his goal was not judgment. Yet I am constantly amazed at how often people I know choose their own way, the way of destruction, over Jesus' grace and deliverance. Stir me to such deep concern and help me find ways to communicate that concern to the lost with passion and love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 3:16-21
- Colossians 1:19-22
- 1 John 5:12
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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