“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it”
Jesus was entering Jerusalem for a final time. He rode towards the city on a donkey with the crowds around Him cheering and praising God. But as He saw the city He wept over it. Here He would be finally rejected and, as He looked ahead, He saw the terrible consequences that lay in store for the city and its inhabitants – all ‘because you did not recognise the time of God’s coming to you.’
How different life could have been for the city and its people. How different things could have been for the nations of the world. How different the lives of millions of people could have been and still be – if Jesus was recognised for who and what He is. He is not someone to be debated with or about. He is the true King of Glory to be worshipped, accepted and obeyed.
As Jesus rides through our lives this year, as we follow His journey towards the Cross of Calvary, don’t let us be guilty of tokenism, temporary enthusiasm or indifference. Instead pause again to recognise and acknowledge this Man upon whom our present existence and future depends. Look to your relationship with Him so that as He ‘rides towards you’ He will not weep with sadness but smile in delight.
Take a few minutes each day to read the events described in the gospels and to reflect on their significance for you.
Forgive me Lord Jesus where my attitude and response to You is not what it should be. Help me to more truly honour and love You in thought, word and deed. Amen.