Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that
were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would
have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. Luke 10:13-14 (NIV)
One of the more sobering stops on my trip to Israel a few years ago was the ruins of Korazin. To get to this site just north of the Sea of Galilee required driving on some backroads and a little hunting. The ruins are a national park, but no one goes there. It’s like a ghost town from the old west, but instead of clapboard shacks it’s just a heap of stones.
Jesus – Immanuel – came to Earth bring light, salvation, joy and peace. Yet, those blessings are only for those who receive it. Jesus also brought judgment, as politically incorrect as it might seem in our culture today. Korazin stands to this day as reminder of the flip side of the Christmas message.
Photo: The Sea of Galilee in the distance past the ruins of Korazin.