Expect a miracle

We have looked on as Jesus has compared His generation to a generation that seems eerily familiar for us today. This part of the generation does not want to bother with anything that they are not truly interested in and possess no need for things off of their radar. As Jesus turns to speak about them He references another city in Galilee that is even worse than those previously mentioned. Yikes! 

Matthew 11:23~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. (ESV) I want us to understand that Jesus’ 3-year ministry operated out of Capernaum. He lived there, and returned there, and ministered there, in Capernaum. Matthew 4:12-13~When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali. (ESV) 

Think of Galilee as a state. It is mountainous and rugged. The counties that fill-up the area of Galilee, encompass a good bit of Jesus’ earthly ministry. You may remember the tribes of Israel, named after two of his sons, Zebulun and Naphtali. The Old Testament shares how they received stakes in the promise of God, and this was their family land. In this area is a city where Jesus spent many nights in a town called Capernaum. You may remember Capernaum as the place where Jesus was approached by a Roman Centurion soldier who showed a great amount of faith, asking Jesus to heal his soldier with just His Voice. All you have to do is say the word. Capernaum is also the place where Jesus shows up at Pete’s mother-in-law and He has to touch her because she was so sick she could not entertain any company. (Matthew 8:5-17) Yet, Jesus refers this place to Hades, a place often used in the New Testament to denote the home of the unsaved dead. Jesus was saying judgment is coming. 

What wonders has the Lord worked in your life? I bet God has given to each of us many signs of what His desire is for us to do and how we are to participate with Him, in faith. Jesus says in Matthew 11:23~…For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (ESV) Almost everyone is familiar with the name Sodom. It is a synonym for sexual immorality. Genesis 13:13~Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD. (ESV) They pursued unnatural desire. Jude 7~In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. (NIV). 

As a result of this persisting in sin, the Lord responds in Genesis 19:24 ~Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah — from the LORD out of the heavens. (NIV)? Jesus tells the people in Capernaum, it will be more tolerable for Sodom, than you. But they do not care, because they are indifferent. The people of Capernaum knew about the Messiah because He lived among them. They witnessed His miracles with their own eyes, but they still would not follow Him. Today, all that remains of Capernaum is just ruins, while other cities in the same region remain active towns.

Take time to reflect on all that God has done in your life. Spend some time just thanking Him, loving Him. I think we often get so busy that we forget to give the Lord our praise. So today, just push the caving-in world out and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. It will keep you from becoming indifferent about your faith.

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