“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city,
he wept over it”
As Luke tells us from his careful investigation Jesus wept over Jerusalem as He approached it on His ‘Triumphal entry.’
So much was going on of which the crowds were unaware. Caught up in the spectacle and the moment they escorted Jesus as if He were coming to reign there as King. Yet not very long afterwards crowds would be calling for His crucifixion.
Jesus knew that He was not entering Jerusalem to be gloriously acknowledged and to reign in triumph, but to be rejected, humiliated and crucified. And no matter how much He reached out to the religious leaders and people it would have little, if any effect. Through His tears He lamented,
“If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19:42)
At the very moment that He was warning them of the judgement that would shortly fall upon them He was weeping over the city and its people out of love. Divine judgement is a solemn and awesome reality but the God who judges is the God who weeps.
He does not desire that anyone should perish. And so Jesus would look beyond the city to ‘a green hill’ not so far away now. It was to this hill that He who entered in triumph would be led in rejection by those He had come to save.
Where does He weep today? Take time today to pray for those you see and know who are living in rejection of the Lord.
Lord God, in the midst of my anger at the words and actions of others, help me to pause and pray that Your light might be able to shine into their lives as well. Amen.