Matthew 11:20-24

Woe to unrepentant cities.
Parallel passage at Lk 10:13-15.
Jesus denounces several cities, in close proximity to one another, because they had been given the light of the gospel and had seen (most of) Jesus’ mighty works but remained unrepentant. With knowledge of the truth comes greater responsibility.
v.21-22 “Woe” is used to express grief and regret but in this context also signifies judgment. Chorazin and Bethsaida were cities near Capernaum on the north end of the Sea of Galilee. Your response to Jesus’ message is what will determine your eternal fate. We are told that had the miracles been done in Tyre and Sidon, those cities would have repented in sack cloth and ashes. The residents of Chorazin and Bethsaida no doubt thought they were God’s people, but it is not people who think they are good enough that will be welcomed to God’s kingdom, but rather those who receive the gospel and repent of their sins.
v.23-24 In these verses, Capernaum is said to be brought low (though they perhaps thought themselves exalted). If the miracles done in Capernaum were done in Sodom (the epitome of a “city of sin”) it would have remained to this day. It will be more bearable at the judgment for Sodom than for Capernaum who missed her great opportunity.

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