Woe To You

Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago! But I tell you it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. Matthew 11:20-21 HCSB

One of the principles I taught my children as they were growing up was that good choices would result in rewards and benefits, while poor choices would result in penalties and judgment. Life is filled with choices. Every day we see people who make bad choices and face the judgment of a jury and a judge.

The towns of Tyre and Sidon were known for their wickedness (see Genesis 18-19 and Ezekiel 27-28) Each was destroyed by God for their sins and evildoings. God is a God of love and mercy but He is also a God of justice and must punish sin. He is a Holy and Righteous God and cannot allow the unholiness and corruption of mankind to continue without punishment. The cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida had seen Jesus and experienced His miracles, but they refused to believe that Jesus was the Son of God.

Challenge: We live in a country where there seems to be a church on every corner and every house has a Bible. There is no excuse for the lack of belief. Everyone will face judgment someday. We all have the opportunity to be saved from judgment and have eternal life through repentance and faith in Jesus. Have you repented of your sins and asked Jesus to be the Lord of your life? Woe to you if you are like the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida. There is still time to repent and believe.

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