TEXT: Luke 19:41-48
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,
48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.
On Palm Sunday, we observed the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. But that was only the beginning of a climatic series of events ending in the Resurrection. On yesterday, we saw the Lord as the compassionate Judge who wept over the city of Jerusalem. Jesus’ words and actions in this passage after His arrival in the city reveal both God’s mercy and God’s wrath toward sinners.
First, we see the compassionate heart of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “When He beheld the city He wept over it.” The people in Jerusalem did not see anything to weep over because they were blinded to their own enmity with God. Jesus, as the Son of God and Redeemer of man, was easily able to look at Jerusalem and her inhabitants in relation to Himself. The temple stones were large and beautiful, but they were actually worthless because there was no welcome for Jesus in His “Father’s house.” In the condition of Jerusalem, Jesus saw the condition of every human heart — full of religious pretense and righteous tradition, but actually false, cruel, desolate, and deceived. So, “He wept over it.” And, as He looks into the hearts of men and women today, He sees the same sad thing.
Then, we see the words of judgment proclaimed by Jesus. Speaking to Jerusalem, Jesus says, “The days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” Christ spoke of the destruction which would come upon Jerusalem at the hands of Rome about 40 years from that day. Likewise, our own souls face utter destruction if we reject the Saviour today as Jerusalem rejected Jesus at the end of that week.
Jesus is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to Him and live. However, even His tearful compassion does not prevent Him from speaking these words of warning and doom. And Jesus did not just speak words; He judged the false religion of the Jews that day. “He went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.” It is a fearful thing to fall, as an unbeliever, into the hands of the living God. Neither a nation nor an individual can ultimately prosper if they reject and resist the pleadings of the Lord Jesus Christ. The same Jesus who wept and died for humanity will judge the quick and the dead.
Finally, we see the influence of Jesus. During the week of His Passion, Christ “taught daily in the temple.” And “the chief priests sought to destroy Him, for all the people were attentive to hear Him.” To some, Christ was the specter of death, to others the sweet savor of life. Some hearts grew hard as they listened to Him, others grew soft and tender — just like the sun which melts wax but hardens clay. Everything depends on the attitude of the individual toward Jesus as to whether His influence will melt us unto salvation or harden us for judgment. The preaching of the Cross is either foolishness to us or it is the wisdom of God.
How will your heart respond to the Son of God? Will you melt like wax or harden like clay? I hope that your heart is tender to the calling of the Lord this day.
Will Thompson wrote:
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling—
Calling for you and for me;
Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching—
Watching for you and for me!
Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing—
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, death-beds are coming—
Coming for you and for me!
Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised—
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon—
Pardon for you and for me!
Come home! come home!
Ye who are weary, come home!
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!
Come home by letting Jesus into your heart today. That is why He came into the world and died on the Cross. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.