As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it
While the people shouted their hosannas, Jesus began to weep. This was not just a quiet brushing away of a tear. The original biblical text suggests that Jesus uttered loud cries, suggestive of a soul in deep agony. It was the kind of weeping that accompanies deep grief, as in hearing news of the tragic death of a loved one.
But Jesus does not weep for himself. The Bible tells us, As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peacebut now it is hidden from your eyes.
In this lament Jesus reflected the grief of his divine Father. Already in Genesis we read that the LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain (Genesis 6:6). The heart of Jesus was also filled with pain because his people didnt understand that he had come to bring them peace with God and with each other.
Today there are still many people who dont understand who can ultimately bring them peace. Our reading says that the people in Jesus day did not recognize the time of Gods coming to them.
Do you recognize that God approaches you today in Jesus Christ? Do you shout Hosanna, knowing that Jesus is the one and only Savior?
Thank you, Jesus, for revealing the way our unbelief grieves your heart of love. May we praise and thank you for your great salvation, and live each day for you. Amen.
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