Thursday, 14 November 2019
Luke 10:13 Woe to you, Chorazin! 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, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
Jesus is here rebuking the towns and villages where He had performed miracles of healing, raised people from the dead and cast out demons. "You have seen," he says, "but have not believed." And the result of their seeing the kingdom of God should have been that they would have repented, turned back to God because they could see His reality.
Ah, people say, we don't have miracles like that today - this doesn't apply to us.
There are three lies in that assumption. Firstly, God never changes, so miracles are still happening all around us, every day. We may not be aware of them, we may not see them as miracles of the kingdom but of science and medicine. We also tend to have a rather myopic view of the world so that if it doesn't happen in the west, then it doesn't happen. Where science and medicine are less prevalent and available, physical miracles of healing are often manifest. The second lie is that only miracles of healing count; but the kingdom of God is far bigger than healing. Miracles of provision, of preservation, of faith are all around us and if but think, we all have a testimony of God working in our lives.
The third lie is that it doesn't apply to us. We need to see God at work around us and among us and not only repent ourselves, but encourage others to see the signs of the kingdom and repent for themselves.