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Page 3: The Life of Christ Following the Harmony of the Gospels

An ongoing series on the life of Christ, following the Harmony of the Gospels found in the Thompson Chain Bible.  We are beginning at Jesus' baptism (paragraph 47) and will continue until His ascension. The gospel harmonies attempt to place each event of the life of Christ in order and give the relevant scripture as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

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74: The Discourse on His Divinity - Jn. 5:17-47

The Jews were seeking to kill Jesus and had perhaps already called a session of the Sanhedrin for that purpose. When He claimed the works of the Father as His own, He was accused of making Himself equal with God. All the more reason for death. Jesus said that the Son could do nothing except He had first seen the Father do it. He claimed that the Father had shown Him all things and that He did the works of the Father, such as raising the dead. He stated that we cannot honor the Father unless we honor the Son whom He has sent. All Judgment is given to the Son and the day is coming when the dead will hear His voice. We have passed from death to eternal life by believing the word of the Son of God.

Jesus invoked the witness of John the Baptist who had testified of Him. However the works that the Father had given Him to do were a greater witness of His Divinity. Jesus reminded the group that the Father had spoken from heaven to confirm His Sonship. If they would only search the scripture, especially Moses who wrote of Him, they would find ample testimony of Him. However if they wouldn't believe Moses, they wouldn't believe His words, even though He had come in the name of the Father.

Conclusion and Application:

Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.


The Jesus of the New Testament is the God of the Old. Fully God and fully man in one visible being. The people of that time couldn't comprehend it and many people struggle with it today. The eternal Word (John 1:1) which was and is an essential and integral part of God's nature and being was made flesh and dwelled among us as the only begotten of the Father (John 1:14). Although He was God, He emptied Himself at Bethlehem and came to us in the form of a servant . Every knee will bow and confess that the man Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of His eternal Deity (Philippians 2:6-11 ).

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

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75: The Discourse on the Sabbath - Mt. 12:1-8; Mk. 2:23-28; Lu:6:1-5


Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Beginning with His attendance at an unnamed feast in Jerusalem, Jesus had three different confrontations with the religious leaders, on possibly three consecutive Sabbath days, concerning it's proper observance.

The first was when he healed the man at the pool of Bethesda, and commanded him to carry his bed on the Sabbath. When challenged, Jesus claimed the prerogatives of God and the Jews desired to kill Him. After this, Jesus and His disciples were watched more closely than ever before.

On the next Sabbath some spiritual spies observed the disciples of Jesus plucking grain and rubbing it in their hands to remove the chaff. This practice, while otherwise allowed, could not be done on the Sabbath.

The religious leaders had taken the commandment concerning the Sabbath and had added many rules and regulation (1500) to the point of absurdity. They were also very devious in finding ways to excuse themselves when they violated their own rules. Thus, the disciples were considered guilty of both reaping and threshing on the Sabbath.

When Jesus was challenged, He rebuked these hypocrites with the Word by asking, "Have ye not read?" He referred to David and his band eating the unlawful shewbread because of necessity and to the fact that the priest profane the Sabbath by working in the temple but were considered blameless. Once again He asserted that He was God by claiming to be greater than the temple.

Jesus quoted Hosea 6:6 that God desires mercy more than sacrifice. He stated that the Sabbath was made to serve man rather than for man to serve the Sabbath. The Sabbath was instituted that man might rest from his labors. The prohibition against work was a protection against exacting employers who for the sake of greed would work the laborer every available day and hour.

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John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.


75: The Discourse on the Sabbath - Mt. 12:1-8; Mk. 2:23-28; Lu:6:1-5

Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Beginning with His attendance at an unnamed feast in Jerusalem, Jesus had three different confrontations with the religious leaders, on possibly three consecutive Sabbath days, concerning it's proper observance.

The first was when he healed the man at the pool of Bethesda, and commanded him to carry his bed on the Sabbath. When challenged, Jesus claimed the prerogatives of God and the Jews desired to kill Him. After this, Jesus and His disciples were watched more closely than ever before.

On the next Sabbath some spiritual spies observed the disciples of Jesus plucking grain and rubbing it in their hands to remove the chaff. This practice, while otherwise allowed, could not be done on the Sabbath.

The religious leaders had taken the commandment concerning the Sabbath and had added many rules and regulation (1500) to the point of absurdity. They were also very devious in finding ways to excuse themselves when they violated their own rules. Thus, the disciples were considered guilty of both reaping and threshing on the Sabbath.

When Jesus was challenged, He rebuked these hypocrites with the Word by asking, "Have ye not read?" He referred to David and his band eating the unlawful shewbread because of necessity and to the fact that the priest profane the Sabbath by working in the temple but were considered blameless. Once again He asserted that He was God by claiming to be greater than the temple.

Jesus quoted Hosea 6:6 that God desires mercy more than sacrifice. He stated that the Sabbath was made to serve man rather than for man to serve the Sabbath. The Sabbath was instituted that man might rest from his labors. The prohibition against work was a protection against exacting employers who for the sake of greed would work the laborer every available day and hour.

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76: Healing the Withered Hand - Mt. 12:9-13; Mk. 3:1-5; Lu. 6:6-10

Luke 6:9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
10. And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.


On the third Sabbath after attending the unnamed feast in Jerusalem, Jesus would face a third controversy concerning proper observance of the Sabbath. After this He would return to Galilee and resume His ministry there.

Upon entering a synagogue, the location of which is not known, Jesus saw a man with a withered hand. Tradition says that he was a stonemason who had injured his hand in his work. The ever present Pharisees who comprised a committee of observation seized the opportunity to lay a trap for Jesus by asking, " Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days?" Jesus replied by referring to their own tradition that allowed them to rescue an animal from a pit on the Sabbath day to prevent suffering. "Is not a man better than a sheep? Is it not lawful to do good on the Sabbath day?" The Pharisees were caught in their own trap, and could answer neither yes or no.

A very grieved and angry Jesus, knowing that it would be considered a Sabbath violation to touch the man, told the man to rise up and stand forth. He commanded "Stretch forth your hand," and the man was instantly healed.

Conclusion and Application:

Most Christians now observe Sunday as the Lord's day and we feel free from the legalistic requirements of the law (Romans 8:2, 14:5) concerning the Sabbath. God's law is written on the tablets of our hearts (II Corinthians 3:3). We have been given a righteousness that far exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 5:20). Daily, we worship our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and serve Him only (Deuteroronomy 6:4). If we need to get the Ox out of the ditch, we should do so. We certainly desire to be in God's house with His people worshiping Him, but we should not place ourselves under condemnation if circumstances arise that hinder us from doing so. Our Holy ghost is sufficient to carry us through a missed service. If it isn't, we need to check our supply!

However, a principal remains that we need to observe. The sabbath was instituted for our benefit that we might rest and honor God. When Israel failed to rest their land every seven years, the land laid desolate until the sabbaths had been fulfilled (II Chronicles 36:21). We need to consider this when we work our minds and bodies to the limit and fail to rest and honor God. Our bodies will only take so much. If in our freedom, we abuse our bodies and fail to give God His rightful place, there will be a day of reckoning.

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77: The Pharisees Oppose Him - Mt.12:14; Mk. 3:6; Lu' 6:11


There was no praise offered to God for the healing of the withered hand. The Pharisees had been beaten once again and their hearts were filled with hatred and murder. The sought the help of their enemies, the non-religious Herodians on how they might destroy Jesus, just as they head previously done to John the Baptist.

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78: Many Healed Near Galilee - Mt. 12:15-21; Mk. 3:7-11
See Our Article The Servant of the Lord


Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
16 And charged them that they should not make him known:


While the rulers were seeking to kill Jesus, He returned to Capernaum and big crowds followed Him from every region of the country. As He ministered and healed the people, they pressed upon Him so greatly that it was necessary to establish a buffer zone by using a boat as a pulpit. The unclean spirits were compelled to cry out and acknowledge Him as the Son of God. Jesus did not care to receive even the favorable testimony of devils and commanded them to be quiet.

Matthew used this instance of Jesus' retiring from confrontation, not seeking publicity and refusing the testimony of devils to the Suffering Servant passage in Isaiah 42:1-4.

Matthew 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.


He would not strive and debate and draw undue attention to Himself as some did by offering long and loud prayers on the street corners to be seen of men. He would be anointed with the Spirit of the Lord and demonstrate a spirit of meekness. He would not break the wounded spirit nor would He ever snuff out even the smallest flame of God that flickered in the human heart. His mission was to establish the kingdom of God on earth and in this He would not fail. The gentile nations would eagerly await His law.

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79: The Twelve Ordained - Mt. 10:1-4; Mk. 3:13-19; Lu. 6:12-16

Matthew 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

The list of the twelve whom Jesus initially ordained as apostles are found in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Each begins with Peter and ends with Judas Iscariot. Luke, for whatever reason, fails to mention Thaddaeus. Peter, Andrew, James, John and Nathanael (also known as Bartholomew) had been chosen by Jesus when He first began His ministry and Matthew was chosen shortly thereafter.

After a night of prayer on a mountain, Jesus expanded the list to twelve and gave them power to cast out devils and to heal the sick. Among these were Thomas, Simon the Zealot, James the Lesser, and of course the infamous Judas.

Eleven of these men were destined to turn the world upside down as witnesses to the resurrection and all except John are believed to have been martyred for the gospel. Judas Iscariot was to become a traitor.

Conclusion and application:

Jesus chose the men who would establish His church and be pillars of God's kingdom on earth, only after spending the night alone in prayer. We would save ourselves a lot of grief if we followed His example.

The gospels give us contrasting character sketches of some of these chosen men. Boisterous Peter, fiery James and John, doubting Thomas, Andrew quick to believe, Phillip slow to learn, Nathanael the deep thinker, Matthew the tax collector and Simon Zealotes the tax protestor.

We are all different, and yet we all compliment each other for the furtherance of the kingdom.

We are placed in the kingdom as it has pleased the Lord. Whether we are first or eleventh matters very little. There is a day coming when our works and motives will be judged and perhaps our ranking will change, hopefully for the better.

Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

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80: The Sermon on the Mount - Mt. Chs. 5-7; Lu. 6:20-49

See The Sermon on the Mount for an expanded study.

A simple and yet profound sermon from the lips of the Master explaining to us the requirements of the law. To some it is an unobtainable ideal. However because of the righteousness of God which is given to us by the Holy Ghost, we have the power to live it. Not our righteousness, but the righteousness of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Jesus stresses a life of simple faith and total reliance on Him. We are to lay up our treasure in heaven and let Him take care of our daily needs, just as He does for the raven and lilies of the field.

We are not to judge others. Most of all, Jesus stresses simply being a servant. If we build our house on His foundation, it will stand against the trials of this life.

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81: In Capernaum - Mt. 8:1-5; Lu. 7:1

When Jesus finished the Sermon on the Mount, He returned to Capernaum and great multitudes followed Him. While some followed Him for the loaves and fishes, I believe that many were captivated with the words that proceeded from His mouth. He spoke as one having authority and not as the scribes (Matthew 7:29). Jesus, the living Word made flesh, spoke as the author of the written word. It is the Word which quickens us to faith, which brings repentance and the resulting new birth.

Doctrine is important, but it does not save by itself. Likewise, good works, church attendance, adherence to standards, giving, and anything else we may use to try and gain God's favor, cannot compare to the quickening power of the Word.

We, like the crowds that followed Him to Capernaum, hunger for every word that He speaks (Luke 4:4).

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82: The Centurion's Servant Healed - Mt. 8:5-13; Lu. 7:2-10

Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.


As Jesus reentered Capernaum, He was sought out by a Roman centurion whose slave was tormented by palsy. Luke tells us that he first sent a delegation of Jewish elders who felt that he was a worthy gentile because he had built their synagogue. It is interesting that archaeologists have unearthed an early synagogue at Capernaum which may very well be the one mentioned in this text.

Luke tells us that as Jesus neared the house the centurion sent a delegation to express his feeling of unworthiness. The Matthew account has the centurion expressing these feeling to Jesus directly. Perhaps, after first sending friends, he came to Jesus himself and asked Him to simply speak the word and his servant would be healed.

Jesus marveled at the faith of this gentile and stated that it was superior to any that he had found in Israel. He told him that his servant would be healed, just as he had believed.

In verses 10-13 Jesus rebukes the Jewish nation because of their arrogance.

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.


They believed that when the kingdom of God arrived that their would be a great supper hosted by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and that every Jew was guaranteed a seat at the table. No Jew could go to hell because father Abraham sat at the gates of Gehenna to retrieve any Jew who had been assigned there by error.

Contrasting with this, Jesus taught that entrance into the kingdom was on the basis of faith alone. This believing gentile who was considered unclean would set down with father Abraham while the unbelieving heirs of the kingdom would be cast into hell.

Some denomination revel in their superior revelations of God's word and consign those with whom they differ to hell. We should study the above text very carefully. What a pity to have a greater revelation of God's word and miss heaven. We, while weeping and gnashing our teeth, would behold those whom we considered unclean enjoying the marriage supper of the Lamb.

FOR HE SHALL HAVE JUDGEMENT WITHOUT MERCY, THAT HAS SHEWED NO MERCY; AND MERCY REJOICETH AGAINST JUDGEMENT - JAMES 2:13

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83: At Nain - Lu: 7:11

The next day after healing the centurion's servant, Jesus traveled about twenty five miles to the city of Nain and again great crowds followed Him.

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84: The Widow's Son Raised - Lu. 7:12-17

Luke 7:14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.


Jesus and His large procession neared the city of Nain. A large funeral procession was coming from the other direction. A widow was burying her only son who was probably her sole means of support. They met at a point where the road was extremely narrow. A procession of death meeting the giver of life. The immovable object meeting the irresistible force. Something had to give.

What a contrast: The happy rejoicing crowds following Jesus and the professional mourners who were doing their best to keep the occasion sad and somber.

Jesus had compassion on the widow and told her not to weep. He disregarded the restriction against touching the dead and reached out and touched the young man's body. Just as He had spoken the world into existence by the power of His word, He said, "Young man, I say unto thee, arise." The man sat up and began to speak and the pallbearers took him to His mother.

Great fear came upon the people and they glorified God by saying that they had been visited by a great prophet. The fame of Jesus spread throughout the whole country.

Conclusion and Application:

Our natural life may be compared to this procession of death. We, like the widow, may feel that all is lost. We are being led to a spiritual graveyard by the prince of darkness. The professional mourners of guilt, fear, doubt, depression and oppression are singing a funeral dirge as only they can sing it. Suddenly we come face to face with Jesus. His light shines across our dark path (Psalms 119:105) and we realize that there is hope. He speaks to us with the compassion that only our Creator possesses and with a simple word restores us to life. The devil and his assistants quickly flee (James 4:7) and we join the great crowd in the presence of our God.

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85: John the Baptist's Delegation - Mt. 11:2-6; Lu. 7:24-28

Luke 7:22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

As Jesus was increasing in popularity, John the Baptist who had said, "He must increase, but I must decrease" was sitting in prison awaiting death. John had been introduced by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 40:3) as the voice of one crying in the wilderness, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." By the unction of the Spirit, he announced Jesus as the Lamb of God and the Holy Ghost baptizer.

The reports of Jesus reached the ears of John in the prison of Manchaerus of Judea. He sent a delegation inquiring, "Are you the one who should come, or should we look for another?"

Was John in a state of depression? Was he losing his faith? Had he forgotten that he had preached that Jesus was the lamb of God from eternity past? Was John the ascetic who never touched wine affected by reports of Jesus turning water into wine? Perhaps he had heard the reports that Jesus was known to be a friend of the sinners and harlots. I believe that he was simply in despair due to his harsh circumstances.

The only reaction that Jesus showed was to immediately begin to cure plagues and infirmities, open blind eyes and cast out devils. He then told John's emissaries, "Go and tell John what you are seeing." I'm sure that when they reported to John he immediately thought of this passage in Isaiah.

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.


Conclusion and Application:

Just like John, we sometimes are affected by circumstances and are prone to forget. When we have a case of self pity and question God or think that we have been forsaken, the Holy Ghost brings to our remembrance (John 14:26) what God has written and promised in His unchanging word.

John's circumstance didn't change, but he went to his death knowing that he had fulfilled the work that he had been given to do and that God's kingdom was being established on earth. we can't really ask for any more than that.

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86: John the Baptist Commended - Mt. 11:7-19; Lu. 7:24-28

Luke 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

As the delegation left to return to John at the prison, Jesus began to speak highly of John to the ever present crowd. "What did you go out to see? A polished performer dressed in the latest styles? Perhaps you found a silver tongued orator who tailored his message to fit his audience? No, none of these, but did you go out to see a prophet? Yes, but John was much more than a prophet, He was the forerunner of Almighty God manifest in the flesh.
John was the greatest of the old testament prophets because he was unsurpassed in character, humility, self denial and devotion to his calling. We can draw closer to God by having these same characteristics, but it has been said that when we become aware of our spiritual attributes, we no longer have them.

Because of the grace of God, the very least in the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist. We have been made partakers of the divine nature by the baptism of the Holy Ghost. By the Spirit, we have access to the throne of grace that was not available to John. We do not fully comprehend or utilize the gifts of the Spirit that have been given for our perfection. We have the full power and authority of heaven at our disposal in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said that "The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12)." He is simply saying, "Don't be passive about entering the kingdom, be aggressive and press your way in."

Finally Jesus compared the reception given to Him and John by the Jewish nation to children playing in the marketplace. They just couldn't be satisfied. John was too strait-laced and Jesus was a wine bibber and a friend of sinners. Jesus simply said that "wisdom is justified of her children."

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87: Cities Rebuked - Mt. 11:20-24

Matthew 11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
21 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.
22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
23 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.
24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.


Jesus began to pronounce judgment and doom upon three cities where most of His works had been done, because they would not repent. I believe He spoke with the same sorrow which He demonstrated later when He wept over Jerusalem (Luke 13:34). it may have been these same people who moved Him to compassion because, "They fainted and were scattered abroad as sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36)." He had come into the world to save, rather than to condemn (John 3:17 ). However, we like these cities, will be damned if we reject His message of repentance and reconciliation.

Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum were all located on the Sea of Galilee. Bethsaida was the home of Peter, Andrew and Philip. Capernaum was the home of Jesus where He had called Peter and Andrew from their nets and Matthew from his customs booth. It was here that He had healed Peter's mother-in-law, paralytics and demoniacs.

It would be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgement than for these cities who had been offered great light but who preferred to remain in darkness. Tyre and Sidon were Phoenician seaport cites on the Mediterranean coast. They were world traders who had at one time exported Jewish slaves. It was here that Jezebel introduced Baal worship to Israel. Ezekiel (chapters 28 -29)gives a vivid description of the great wealth and ultimate doom of these cities. it was because their heart was lifted up and they considered themselves to be sitting in the seat of God (Ezekiel 28:2). God allowed them to be besieged by Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great and others.

Conclusion and Application:

We know how that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for the very same sins that are prevalent in our society today. Jesus said that they would have repented if they had seen the works that He had done in Galilee.

How do we stack up? We neglect our wicked and violent cities and concentrate our efforts exhorting the faithful in safe suburban churches. Do we notice that revivals are sweeping the third world countries that receive the gospel gladly, rather than our country that has heard the gospel so much that it has become commonplace?

Our generation has more churches and more resources (books, schools, mass media, church real estate, etc. etc.) than any before us. If we do not repent we will share the same judgement as Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. Greater privilege and greater light bring greater responsibility.

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