20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, 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. 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be[d] brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.” — Matthew 11:20-24.
The proud reject the Gospel offered unto them, to their great hurt and loss.
Jesus did most of His mighty works in the region of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. It pained our Lord that in spite of His labor – miracles, teaching, healing – among them, the people refused to repent.
Chorazin and Bethsaida – Jesus says that had the mighty works which He had done in this region been done in the region of Tyre and Sidon, the people would have repented long ago in great humility and remorse.
Capernaum exalted to heaven – It was here that Jesus had His stated abode during the whole period of His public life which He spent in Galilee, it was the most favored spot upon earth, the most exalted in privilege. They should have known better. Yet the people refused to accept Jesus and His teachings.
Our Lord says that on the day of judgment, the severity of punishment would be greater for the unrepentant people of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum than for those of the region of Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom.
May we pay heed to what Jesus is saying.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.