“The Jesus began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent” Matthew 11:20
Oh Advent, you’ve done it again. Instead of sweet baby Jesus drifting off to sleep under the star of Bethlehem we get fiery Jesus warning unrepentant people of judgement and condemnation. I think we need these passages of scripture that reveal a harsher Jesus, so that we know for whom it is we are waiting. Jesus is not some milk toast preacher who goes along to get along. He’s not someone that we can mold into any shape of affirmation for ourselves. Jesus is himself. Jesus’ main message was the same as that of the surly John the Baptist. Repent! Turn around. Change your ways. Change your orientation. Change your defaults. Turn away from yourself and your sin and turn towards God revealed in Christ. That is how we prepare for the return of Jesus. It’s always a good idea to get to know the person you’re preparing to receive. Otherwise you might be surprised by the One who actually shows up.
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