The Good News

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Lament of Jesus

Today I am still contemplating my part to play in God’s grand design. I come today to watch and listen to my Savior. What is He thinking and feeling today? About me? About this world? About the masses?

Sometimes that is overwhelming to contemplate. There is so much wrong with the world and too much that I can’t make right. BUT, I have Him. He is with me. He always will be.

I want to see what Jesus sees today, in me and in those around me.

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem, Luke 19

41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,
42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side
44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

In many ways, what we read here is more gut-wrenching to His spirit than the coming crucifixion.

Can you get into these verses WITH Jesus? His disciples could not. They were weary–they slept. Jesus calls us to see as He sees. How does Jesus see His world, your world, our world?

What preceded verse 41? That scene just before this one is called the Triumphal Entry. Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem. Pause. The King of the Jews rides a donkey into the city in a display of His triumph over what? In my thinking a donkey is not appropriate transport for any near the status of king. Maybe that is the conclusion to be drawn there. Maybe it is meant to be a metaphor of the status and clout of Jesus among the Jews. It certainly sets the stage for this lament over Jerusalem for me.

“I would have you!” “But you would not hear Me!”

The Jewish people had born, had been the earthly dwelling place of God to this point. Where are they now? They clung to the status quo. “Thanks, but no thanks, Jesus. Tradition is just fine with us.”

Jesus longed for Jerusalem to repent but they would not. It hurts but he comes to the point where He must condemn the Jewish masses. What agony He must have felt in His soul?  What angst?

Will I repent? Will I see the world as Jesus sees the world? Or will I retreat to what is comfortable and leave things as they are now. I believe that is what Jesus is asking me. What is He asking of you?  He will change the world!!!  The question is, what part will you play in His story?

Jesus, I long to be in the passage with You. I long to see your world as you see it. Open my eyes to see as you see. Cause me to long for and desire that above all. Give me Your eyes to see.

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