Matthew 11:20. Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
They listened; sometimes, they applauded; but they repented not; and
there is nothing really accomplished until men have repented. In vain
have we preached until men are brought to repent; so the Master said: —
Matthew 11:21-22. Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, 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. But I
say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day
of judgment, than for you.
Listen to that, you gospel-hardened sinners, you who have heard, and
heard, and heard, but have not repented. See how great is your sin, for
you have rejected what others would have received if it had been
presented to them. See how your guilt accumulates, and its punishment
Matthew 11:23-24. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt
be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done
in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of
Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
Sodom! — that is the blackest place of all. Ah, me! will that verse
ever fall, like a millstone, upon any one of my hearers, to grind him
to powder, because you heard the gospel, and rejected if, intending
always to receive it, but never receiving it at all? From such a doom,
may God in mercy deliver you!
Matthew 11:25-30. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things
from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so,
Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered
unto me of my Father.’ and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father;
neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever
the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of
me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your
souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Just by way of contrast to what I am going to say in my sermon, let us read a few verses in Revelation 7.
This exposition consisted of readings from Matthew 3, and Matthew 11:20-30; and Rev 7:9-17.