Wednesday, September 28, 2011

for Friday (September 30) Gospel: repentance

Scripture: Luke 10:13-16 13 "Woe to you, Chora'zin! woe to you, Beth-sa'ida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Caper'na-um, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. 16 "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me."

If Jesus were to visit your community today, what would he say?

Would he issue a warning like the one he gave to Chorazin and Bethsaida? 

And how would you respond? Wherever Jesus went he did mighty works to show the people how much God had for them. Chorazin and Bethsaida had been blessed with the visitation of God. 

They heard the good news and experienced the wonderful works which Jesus did for them.

 Why was Jesus upset with these communities?

 The word woe is also translated as alas. It is as much as an expression of sorrowful pity as it is of anger. 

Why does Jesus lament and issue a stern warning? 

The people who heard the gospel here very likely responded with indifference. 

Jesus upbraids them for doing nothing! Repentance demands change – a change of heart and way of life. 

God's word is life-giving and it saves us from destruction – the destruction of soul as well as body. 

Jesus' anger is directed toward sin and everything which hinders us from doing the will of God and receiving his blessing.

 In love he calls us to walk in his way of truth and freedom, grace and mercy, justice and holiness. 

Do you receive his word with faith and submission or with doubt and indifference?

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