The Day Jesus Wept Over a City

When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, he wept over the city. Luke records the event.

Luke 19.41-44 As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it,

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.

“Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side.

“They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”

Two Parts of Prophesy

Forty years from Jesus’ words, the Roman Empire crushed Jerusalem. The city was destroyed and occupied by Gentiles until Israel once again became a nation in 1948.

In today’s video, Rudy Ross points to the battle that will take place in Jerusalem as part of God’s End Time events.

Both of these events can be envisioned in the words of Jesus, as he wept over Jerusalem.

Why Were They Blind?

What was behind Jesus’ plaintive words, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes”?

Why couldn’t the people recognize their Messiah? Let’s explore some options.

(1) Jesus didn’t meet their expectations.

Jesus didn’t throw off the yoke of Roman oppression. He didn’t conquer Israel’s foes and set up God’s rule in the city.

The people couldn’t imagine a Messiah that looked like Jesus.

(2) Existing power structures were threatened.

The conflict between Jesus’ actions and the existing power structures of the Temple continually took place, until the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.

(3) Paul points to a deeper spiritual understanding of Israel’s rejection of Jesus.

Paul devotes Romans 9-11 to explaining the blindness of the people to their Messiah. The rejection of Jesus by Jewish people opened the door for Gentiles to become followers of Jesus.

Paul ends his argument in Romans with these words:

Romans 11.25-26I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.

And so all Israel will be saved.

On the day of Pentecost, 3000 largely Jewish people became followers of Jesus (Acts 2.41), and later the number grew to 5000 (Acts 4.4). There is coming a day when the thousands of followers will grow to millions. Praise God!

Don’t Make Jesus Weep

Please take some time to meditate on two verses in this passage.

Verse 42“If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!”

Peace is God’s well-being. When we stop being rebels in God’s kingdom, we are then able to experience the well-being God has intended for us.

We can’t experience God’s best for our lives, and at the same time resist his rule over our lives. Put another way, we can’t serve two masters.

As we surrender our self-will to God, we receive the great blessing of a personal relationship with him. Within that relationship, God grants us his peace – wholeness, peace of mind, and well-being.

However, we must recognize that as citizens of the kingdom of God, we must be surrender self-will to God’s leadership.

Verse 44“You did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”

When God seems to be drawing you into a relationship with him, you can count on this being a visitation from him.

The last thing you want to do is harden your heart and resist him. Jesus is Lord and to be Lord he must rule our lives.

Like the Jewish people of Jesus’ day, we must accept Jesus for who he is and not according to our expectations.

Also, there is a power struggle in our lives. The struggle is between our self-will and his Lordship.

As we surrender, we will participate in his visitation. As we resist, we will fail to recognize the time of his visitation.

YouTube Video and Prayer

Rudy Ross and I have a YouTube video on this passage. You will be blessed by Rudy’s insights on the passage. The video is on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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