If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them.
Jesus sends the Twelve out to preach the gospel. He indicates that anyone who rejects them will be providing evidence against themselves. Actually judging themselves!
Does this seem harsh?
Only if truth doesn’t matter! Only if there is no moral responsibility to receive and believe Jesus’ message!
But this is precisely the point. When God’s Truth is revealed, there is a personal responsibility to accept it.
Unfortunately, we live in a time when many seem to think that what they choose to believe is simply a matter of personal preference. In such a world everything is relative. There is no absolute truth.
They seem to neglect one very important question. Does the God who created this world also have the right to reveal what is true?
Obviously! And that’s why Jesus says those who reject His gospel will have a testimony against them. He speaks for God.
This raises questions. When and where will this testimony against them be heard? Who will hear this testimony? What difference will it make?
The answer to these questions all point to a future day of accountability. A time when all will be judged by God! Then it will be clear why truth matters.
And if those who reject Jesus will have a testimony against them, it follows that those who accept Him will have a testimony in their favor.
This is true, because right is right.