Tyre and Sidon were well known pagan cities in Jesus time. It might be like saying Las Vegas and New Orleans will have it easy on Judgement Day compared to Atlanta that has a church on every corner.
Jesus is in our midst performing amazing miracles. Do we see Him? Do we hear Him? Do we believe Him?
It is easy to judge places like Las Vegas and miss what He is doing in Dallas. May I see Jesus in the here and now. May I respond to Him.
God is God. There will be a day of judgement.
We may like to believe that a loving God won’t judge us. That would be a mistake.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have changed their minds [aka repented] long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will go down to Hades. Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Lk 10:13–16). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
- This seems like harsh language from the lips of the Son of God, but we dare not ignore it or try to explain it away. He named three ancient cities that had been judged by God—Sodom (Gen. 19), and Tyre and Sidon (Ezek. 26–28; Isa. 23)—and used them to warn three cities of His day: Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum.
- These three cities had been given more privileges than the three ancient cities, and therefore they had more responsibility. If Sodom, Tyre, and Sidon were destroyed, how could Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum escape?
- To hear the Messiah’s ambassadors means to hear Him, and to despise His representatives means to despise Him. “As My Father has sent Me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). The way a nation treats an ambassador is the way it treats the government the ambassador represents. For an interesting illustration of this truth, read 2 Samuel 10.