“Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, 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. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.”–Matthew 11:20-24 KJV
Capernaum (Kfar Nahum) was the place the Master made His dwelling, after Nazareth, and also near where many of the disciples were called out to follow Him (Mark 1). Recorded in the Gospels, probably more than any other town/city, Capernaum saw the majority of Yahushua’s mighty miracles and greatest deeds. Even with all that had taken place, like Nazareth, the inhabitants continually rejected the Master’s work–too blinded by their religiosity, pride and wealth.
Along with its sisters, Bethsaida and Korazim, Capernaum was the recipient of a pronounced judgment in the woes of the Master’s aching heart because of their rejection of such a great salvation. With all of the kindnesses that were shown to these cities, towns and villages, they continually refused to repent and to weep over their sins.
The message is as clear today as it was then. The woes pronounced then, continually speak out now in judgment against those who love the darkness more than they love the light. In the words of the greatest prophet that ever lived: “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
Come and walk with us! Go with us to the very place that Messiah Yahushua uttered the most powerful words ever spoken in the earth: “Come, follow Me”. This calling—these words–are even more powerful than ‘let there be light!’ Why? Because of the high privilege to be invited to follow the Master and Creator of the universe. What good is light to the Creator if He has no family willing to follow Him?
Our response to that invitation is a broken and contrite heart, with an action that moves out of what is most familiar to us, to become what we were created to be…a taught one…a disciple of the King!
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