Sunday, October 08, 2006

Compassion for the Lost

Luke 19 gives us an interesting insight into the heart of Jesus. Jesus is returning to Jerusalem to begin the week leading up to His crucifixion. As He rides down from the Mount of Olives towards Jerusalem His followers begin to hail Him as king:
"Bless the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in highest heaven!" (Luke 19:38; NLT)
But as they neared the city Jesus began to cry. The Greek word here means to wail. This isn't a silent cry with tears slowly running down His cheeks, this is all out sobbing. What an odd sight! He is being proclaimed king and He cries uncontrolably.

Why does Jesus cry? Jesus cries because He sees a city full of people, representing a nation full of people, and He knows their fate. Especially those leaving in Jesursalem. They would die horrible deaths at the hands of the Romans. The holy city would be turn down and the temple destoryed. Jesus says this:
"They will crush you to the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you have rejected the opportunity God offered you" (Luke 19:44, NLT).
Jesus sobs because the horrible reality that awaits the citizens of Jerusalem.

Have you ever sobbed for people because the horrible reality that awaits them apart from Jesus? There is no law that can be passed, no program that can be implemented, and no amount of money that can save people from Hell. My heart constantly breaks for the citizens of our nation because they are slaves to sin, their lives are being stolen and destoryed (John 10:10) and the only thing they have to look forward to is more misery.

Being a disciple of Jesus means to care about the things and people Jesus cared about. If Jesus cared about the lost don't you think we should to? Jesus went to the Cross, what are you doing?


Katherine said...

I thought of this precise moment when I was in Jerusalem in May. There is an ancient road that goes down from the Mt. of Olives towards the East gate, and even though Jerusalem is beautiful there are still so many that are lost. If I felt that sadness, I wondered what he must have felt.

Paul said...

I have often thought about how cool it would be to visit Israel and be in the places Jesus was in and walk where He walked. I am sure it gives you a different perspective.

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