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Day 36 of Lent 2020

Matthew 11:21

Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Ray 2020Today is day 36 of the 40 Days of Lent – our Lenten reading plan (Since Sundays don’t count in Lent – we will have 47 days total I think). I hope you have stayed with us – leave some comments below. Today’s passage is again about the call to repent. It comes from part of Jesus’ teaching about unrepentant towns from Matthew’s Gospel.

Lent is typically a time to give something up – to stop a bad habit – to deny self – to dig deeper into our walk with Jesus. Today we want to read about Jesus’ teaching on repentance and how whole towns even are called to repent. If Jesus were here today – He might call whole states or countries to repent (we certainly have plenty to repent of in our collective histories).

Maybe – during this pandemic time – God will get our attention to turn from sin and turn to Him. I believe the new norm – when this pandemic is over – will be different than we had beforehand.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 11:20–24 – 20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 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. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

During this Lenten season – make it a point to seek after Jesus more and more. Seek after God and repent daily – keep a short list with God. Let us strive to remove bad habits and sins from our lives each day. God bless you as you walk with Jesus to the Cross of Calvary! Connect with our Lord on every level possible. Seek what God would have you (and me) to repent of in our lives. God has shown Himself time and again in our lives – yet we still have signs of hatred – bigotry – immoral behavior and more in our lives. God is calling us to repent and return to Him.

What would we have to confess and repent of these days? How about our family – our city – our county – our state – our nation – our world? Walk with me toward the cross. Deny yourself as I deny myself and let us draw near to Christ.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Keep praying for our denomination. The General Conference  2021 – of the United Methodist Church – will postpone their meeting in May. No date for the conference has been set yet – but they are looking into 2021. The church is in need of our prayers.

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