Monday, February 20, 2012

Call it fate

Red-Letter Monday 

Is there such a thing as destiny, the idea that some things are just "bound" to happen?

Some say "yes." God says, "no."
"And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day" (Mt. 11:23). 
Galilean towns like Capernaum had the privilege of hosting the miracles and ministry of Jesus. Jesus' words were meant as an insult. The citizens of Capernaum being spoken of in the same breath as the ancient citizens of Sodom - a people consumed with immorality of the grandest sort - would have repulsed the religious establishment.

The point was made: Capernaum foolishly squandered the world's greatest resource, Jesus Himself.

But to the question, could the citizens of Capernaum, or Sodom, have changed their fate? Sure they could have.

Nineveh was a city of great wickedness, but when they saw the man who had been swallowed by a great fish and lived to tell the tale, at his preaching, they repented and changed the destiny of their nation - at least for the time.

No one is trapped by destiny. All men were designed to live in eternal fellowship with the Father. However, many will choose to squander the opportunity, to let Jesus pass, as it were, through the midst of them, without so much as turning their heads.

Call it fate? Please don't.

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