20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”
In the mind of God, those who hear the gospel and see the mighty works of God but continue to reject His saving grace will receive greater judgment than those who never heard about His grace and faced His judgment. This should be a frightful passage to us. America has been saturated with the gospel. From churches to radio programs to TV programs, to books, to magazines to the internet and even on the eyelids of football players, America has heard or has had opportunity to hear the gospel. Yet we are no longer considered a Christian nation by anyone. Paganism is rampant. Drug and alcohol use are over the top. Immorality has become the recreational past time of the millennial’s. Homosexuality and transexuality have taken over the shows, the politics and the schools. Violence is a normal part of the evening news. As a nation, we are close to anarchy. Divorce destroys people’s lives. Abortion legally kills thousands of babies every day. In the courtroom, the rich go free regardless of their crime; justice is not served.
In light of today’s passage, how is God going to judge a nation that has heard so much of God’s truth and yet lives rejecting it? What should we do? As the Christians of our communities, we must pray more and more often. We must gather with others in prayer. We must seek the Lord for the holiness of God to descend upon us bringing conviction of sin and a cry for His mercy. Whenever an Old Testament king sought the Lord, God withheld His judgment and gave them His grace. The world today needs a revival against sin, for holiness and a cry out to God for His mercy to hold back His judgment.
Join me today in fervent prayer for the mercy of God to fall upon us and our families, our friends, our communities and our country.
My mother requests your prayers today as she is going into surgery for a cochlear implant. She goes in at 8:30 at Loyola. She longs to be able to hear better. Pray with us for a successful implant and within the next two months to heal and to become acclimated to this device.
Tonight is our regular church times with Kids4Truth and Youth group. Pray for God to move in the hearts of our kids for His kingdom and glory.
Have a great day in the Lord,