41 He approached Jerusalem. When he saw the city, he began to weep. 42 He said, “I wish you had known today what would bring you peace! But now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come when your enemies will arrive. They will build a wall of dirt up against your city. They will surround you and close you in on every side. 44 You didn’t recognize the time when God came to you. So your enemies will smash you to the ground. They will destroy you and all the people inside your walls. They will not leave one stone on top of another.”
Imagine Jesus was coming down the Mount of Olives and the beautiful city of Jerusalem came into His eyes. Jesus was not pleased by what He saw, but CRIED for it. Because He knew what’s going to happen — the nation will be destroyed and there will not be one stone resting on another (in A.D.70. Roman soldiers attacked Jerusalem and burnt it to the ground).
This is one of two stories were Jesus CRIED (the other is in John 11:35 Lazarus was “sick”). Jesus is the son of God and son of man. He knew the Jewish leaders had rejected Him and refused God’s offer of salvation. But, He did not abandon or turn away from His people. He cried for them and sent the Advocate to them and continued to offer salvation to the people He loves.
God is great, good and merciful. When Peter asked Jesus how many times shall I forgive ….up to seven times?, Jesus said not seven times, but seventy-seven times. When Thomas said:… unless I put my finger where the nails were…I will not believe. Jesus said:… blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed…
Dear Jesus, thank you for your love and mercy. You know, in my fresh, there is nothing good. But, you still care for me and always forgive me. Help me to love people with NO CONDITION just like you did. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu