And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be 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.
Sin always and inevitably has far reaching effects where it dwells. Whether it is found in individuals, family, community, city or nation. It gives an opportunity, an “excuse” for the enemy to demand control over where it dwells. Sin invokes curses, invites judgment of the Holy and Just God.
When Jesus walked on this earth, He came preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God. He healed the sick, drove out demons, showed grace to the weak and demonstrated the love of God the Father to the outcast and oppressed. He performed miracles of supernatural healings, signs and wonders that only could be done by the all-powerful God. In all these, the single most important message Jesus wanted to convey is: there is God in heaven and now dwells among man. The message demands a response, which man need to be in a right relationship with God in order to be saved.
You see, God’s judgment will come upon the sins of the world. Wherever sins are found, that judgment when released by God, will fall on the people who are still unrepentant. The miracles of God are God’s grace to us, so that we might take Him and His words seriously.
Sin is obviously the culprit for judgment and curses. Jesus came to extend to man an opportunity to be delivered from judgment and curses. Wherever sins are found, judgment will fall – on individuals, family, city and nation, unless repentance is expressed. When God’s people continue to live unrepentant lives, when God’s judgment comes to a city or a nation, we will not be spared. However, when God’s people live holy (set apart for God) and repentant (sensitive to sins) lives, God’s mercy covers His own people. So, when judgment befalls the city or nation, evil is judged but God’s people are spared.
When a city or nation repents, great is the deliverance! Even a city as wicked as Sodom can be saved. Pray therefore, for a spirit of repentance to come upon our city and our nation!