WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
“And when He drew near and saw the city, He wept over it,”
Luke 19:41 ESV
JESUS IS HEARTBROKEN OVER THOSE WHO STILL NEED TO BE RESCUED
I read about a young boy who was sent by his mom to the corner store to buy a loaf of bread. He was gone much longer than it should have taken him. When he finally returned, his mother asked, “Where have you been? I’ve been worried sick about you.” “Well,” he answered, “there was a little boy with a broken tricycle who was crying. So I stopped to help him.” The mom said, “I didn’t know you could fix tricycles!” The boy said, “I can’t. I just stood there and cried with him!” You don’t have to be good with words. Just being there to share someone’s pain and grief will be more appreciated than you’ll ever know. (Marc Axelrod, “Getting Through the Season of Grief”)
As Jesus approached the city of Jerusalem in Luke 19, He is moved to tears. It had to be an amazing scene. The crowds are cheering and praising but Jesus starts weeping. Jesus saw a sinful and rebellious city that was hurting and needed to be rescued. The good news is Jesus knows how to fix it. The bad news is the majority of the people in that city will reject Him within hours of this scene.
Pastor Brian Bell tells this story – Finding his newly-appointed pastor standing at his study window in the church weeping as he looked over the inner city’s tragic conditions, a layman sought to console him: “Don’t worry. After you’ve been here a while, you’ll get used to it.” Responded the minister, “Yes, I know. That’s why I am crying.” The question for us is “Have we gotten used to it?”
What do you think God feels when He sees our city and our nation? Based on Luke 19 and the events leading to Easter, how does God want to fix it? Pray you have God’s heart for our city and our nation.