Jesus Wept

Read Luke 19:41-20:8

Jesus wept. No this is not that famous verse… The one that has become known as the shortest verse in the Bible. That one is John 11:35 when Jesus weeps with the sisters of his friend Lazarus who has died. That one is a favorite memory verse for confirmation students everywhere. Two words. In this story Jesus weeps as he draws near to Jerusalem Luke saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” Jesus wept over the entire city. Jesus wept because this city represented just how far God’s people had distanced themselves from the life God intended for them. They no longer lived in the peace of God, they had strayed so far that they found themselves held captive in their promised land — left to live under the oppressive rule of the Roman empire instead of under the merciful reign of God. Jesus wept because it had come to this… And he knew it would get worse before it got better. Jesus wept. Jesus wept for an entire city that day, and in fact, Jesus wept for the entire people of God. He wept from the deepest place of love for God’s people. As he prepared to enter Jerusalem, he wept because he knew that entering Jerusalem meant there was no turning back. Jesus knew that this trip to Jerusalem would involve his walking willingly to the cross of suffering and death on behalf of the ones he loves.

Jesus wept. What stirs in me so deeply? Who do I love with such depth that I weep with and for them when they suffer? What is gone so wrong in this world that I might be willing to put all my chips on the table and trust God to make it right through me?

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