Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”
Repentance is a word that is sometimes associated with a negative fire and brimstone style of preaching. I think that is unfortunate. I find repentance to be one of the most positive and life-giving words in the dictionary. In essence, repentance is a turning from disbelief to belief. Repentance is not so much what you turn from but Who you turn to. It should be a part of the way we live each day - turning our hearts towards Jesus and trusting in him.
The view that Jesus gives about people who will not repent is one of the most serious in all of the gospels. He lays out the consequences of living continual unrepentant lives and speaks of the day in which unrepentant souls will be judged. He says that the people in Chorazin and Bethsaida would be judged not for what they did not see but for what they saw. And so it is for us today.. we have all in some way tasted of the goodness of God.. yet not all respond to that goodness with repentance.
Your goodness leads me to repentance Lord. Help me to see your goodness today.