“Then He began to reprimand the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent.” – Matthew 11:20
In the previous verses, Jesus compared the Israelites of His generation with complaining children (Matthew 11:16–19). Instead of hearing and repenting, the people of Israel have mostly accused John the Baptist of having a demon and Jesus Himself of being a glutton and a drunkard.
Jesus will be very specific about who has rejected His central message to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matthew 4:17 NIV). He will call out specific cities in Galilee by name. The people in these cities witnessed Jesus’ powerful miracles but still refused to repent.
The word “repent” means to change one’s mind. In the Bible, it typically means feeling sorry for sin and choosing to stop and instead, go in a new direction. When Jesus uses the word “repent,” He is calling people to stop sinning but likely also to recognize Him as the Messiah, the one who will reign over the kingdom of heaven.
So….repent comes up once again. Jesus is asking us to repent, to stop sinning, to recognize Him as the Messiah, the Savior in our lives….
Take a minute and repent today. Think on how that looks in your life.