Join us as we read through the Gospel of Luke during this Advent Season...
By Cecilia Gibbs, Assistant Principal Rock Solid Christian Academy
Luke 19: 1-48
Today we’re reading from Luke 19: 1-48. Jesus visits Zacchaeus’ house, teaches the parable of the minas, enters Jerusalem, and cleanses the temple.
There is so much covered in these forty-eight verses, but Luke 41-44 particularly captured my attention: “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.’” (Luke 19:41-44 NIV)
I read a commentary by Henry Morris who writes, “Wept might be rendered wailed; Jesus burst into sobbing as he lamented lost opportunity." (Henry Morris, The Revelation Record, Wheaton, IL, Moody Press, 1995) The picture of Jesus weeping brings so much emotion to mind. Christ is showing His true love and compassion for mankind. In these verses, He also demonstrates the true heart of God. Our Lord is showing us that even when judgment must be done, it is never done with joy. There is weeping in the heart of God even when His judgment is perfectly just and righteous.
I’m sure there have been moments when we’ve caused another person so much anguish and disappointment that we made them weep. It feels terrible. My prayer for all of us today is that we would come to Jesus with a heart of repentance. That we would accept His forgiveness and peace. I’m also praying that we would have a new boldness to share God’s truth with others.
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” (1 Peter 3: 15 NLT)