Judgment For Those With No Excuse

“Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.” (Matthew 11:24)

Jesus’ words here are so strong.  Speaking to the people of Capernaum, The Lord said that judgment would be more tolerable for the infamous city of Sodom than for them.  How could this be?

It really doesn’t take much imagination: the city of Sodom, though described in the Old Testament as extremely wicked, had only the general revelation of the times for their knowledge of God and morality.  But Capernaum had the very SON OF GOD HIMSELF walking among them, and they still didn’t believe! They had absolutely no excuse. The harshest judgment of hell must come upon every single one of them who did not listen and follow Christ.

The sobering thing is: the same thing is true for those in our generation today! We have arguably more of God’s revelation than any generation in history: we possess the complete written revelation of God in scripture; the conviction of the Holy Spirit; the witness and ministry of so many proclaimers of the word, with churches on every corner and messages ubiquitously available on media — there is absolutely no excuse for anyone in our generation to reject God’s salvation through faith in Christ. It could be said of those in our age as it was of Capernaum: “It will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you” — who would reject Christ in light of all you have seen and heard.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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