Matthew 23:37-24:14

            Hear what the Lord Jesus said as he entered Jerusalem and faced the ignominy of the cross:  “Jerusalem! Jerusalem!  Your people have killed the prophets and have stoned the messengers who were sent to you.  I have often wanted to gather your people, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.  But you wouldn’t let me” (CEV).  Jesus went on to predict his death and what would be coming with stubborn Jerusalem’s refusal to see the hand of God.  To understand Christ’s cry of love for the city, one must be reminded that this came off a scathing rebuke of a distorted religion that was in vogue at the time.  Jesus saw the current state of worship, found it to be terribly wanting, and saw ahead to its ultimate demise.
 
            Jesus did not just pronounce woe and walk away disgusted.  No, instead, our Lord broke into a tear-filled, heart-wrenching love song for his wayward people.  Jesus blasted the establishment because of his deep concern for all people to know the true worship of God and find their ultimate purpose and meaning in him.
 
            Any religious fool can rant-on about the ills of the world, ungodly persons, and defective institutions.  But it takes a person with the heart of Jesus to weep over it all and follow him into suffering on behalf of others so that they might come to the peaceable kingdom of righteousness.  If we are not completely undone over the sin of the world, we are in no position to rant about anything because grace and mercy is the currency of God’s economy.  Let us repent like we mean it, pray as if our lives depended on it, and tell others of Jesus like there is no tomorrow.
 

 

            Loving Lord Jesus, oh, let me have your zeal for God’s house and your heart for lost people!  Change my heart, O God, and let it reflect your grace and truth in everything I say and do; through Christ my Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit reign forever and ever.  Amen.

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