20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” Matthew 11:20-24
John and Jesus both preached in those cities. The cities welcomed and probably applauded Jesus for the great things He had done, but they did not repent.
Repentance is a fundamental precept in the Gospel message, taught both by Jesus and John the Baptist. Healing the sick, casting out demons, and giving generously to the poor are all great works to be seen and experienced, but they do not alter the observer’s spiritual emptiness. If the observer merely says, “That was great, wasn’t it?” he is still as lost as he ever was.
First comes the confession that Jesus Christ is Lord. 1 John 1:9 states “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Repentance is turning away from your sins. Earlier in the Book of Matthew, “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 ESV
If you are reading this and have never experienced the forgiveness of God and repentance from your sins, write me. Let’s have a conversation about it.