Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 26, 2005
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 26, 2005
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Confidence before God
"Then Jesus began to upbraid the cities where most
of his mighty works had been done, because they did
not repent. 'Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you,
Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had
been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented
long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it
shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for
Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum,
will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought
down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you
had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until
this day. But I tell you that it shall be more
tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of
Sodom than for you.'"
Jesus had performed numerous miracles. Today we find
him strongly denouncing specific cities where many had
not repented after seeing his miracles or hearing his
message. Some cities are Jewish and others are Gentile.
Then Jesus speaks of Sodom on the Day of Judgment and
addresses his unrepentant listeners with a strongly
worded admonition. For those unfamiliar with the Sodom
and Gomorrah story (Genesis 19), it represents God's
holy judgment towards rebellious humanity. It is worth
noting that "woe" can also be translated as "doom."
We are the people of Korazin, Bethsaida, Capernaum,
Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom. Just change the names of
these cities to our local regions: Moscow, London,
New York City, Jerusalem, Rome, Tokyo, Sydney, and
Through reading Matthew's Gospel, we have also heard
the Jesus message of repentance and many miracles.
Do we believe in the Miracle Worker? If so, we can
have confidence before God.
Our timeless human condition calls us to inner
repentance from sin, while turning towards God for
restoration and renewal. Jesus is our bridge to God.
We are called to life-sustaining belief in this
Miraculous One. All of us have missed the mark in
life. All of us need periodic moments of repentance
and inner transformation. Through personal faith in
Jesus, we can face the Day of Judgment without fear.
Jesus can help us experience confidence before God.
God, hear our prayers. Help our unbelief. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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