What Jesus Did! 'Repentance or Consequences' — Matthew 11:20-21

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Then Jesus criticized the cities where he did most of his miracles. Jesus criticized those cities because the people there did not change their lives and stop sinning. Jesus said, "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 those people in Tyre and Sidon would have changed their lives a long time ago. Those people would have worn sackcloth and put ashes on themselves to show that they were sorry for their sins."
— Matthew 11:20-21 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 11:20-21 NLT — "It will be bad for you Chorazin."

Key Thought

Why is it so hard to change? Why is a certain mindset so hard to give up? As humans, we can be terribly obstinate and hardheaded. Jesus wants to confront us with a choice: see his deeds and repent, or reap the consequences of rejecting him. He allows no middle ground. As Jesus' ministry rushes toward inevitable conflict and the Cross, he wants us to know that the choices we make and the lives that we live in response to his message have enormous consequence. When confronted with Jesus' deeds, even the most stubborn cities would repent. So how can we not be willing to change our hearts and lives to follow him?

Today's Prayer

Righteous and holy God, give me an undivided and courageous heart so that I will confront the wrong things in my own life, change my heart and life, and live wholly for you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 3:7-10
  • Luke 24:45-47


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.