Even in the midst of tension…
Even in the midst of the apparent anger…
Even in the midst of the declaration of “woe to you…”
Jesus did not sin.
He spoke the Word of the Father.
How do I know that?
Because Jesus tells us that He only did/said what Father declared - John 17.
Jesus’ heart was broken.
Read and weep…
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.
38 Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!
39 For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
Jesus described the sinful things the religious rulers did:
- did not do deeds of the Word
- heaped burdens on the people
- loved to be noticed
- loved the place of honor
- shut off the Kingdom of Heaven from the people
- devoured widow’s houses
- made long pretension prayers
- proselytized...making converts twice the son of hell as they were
- perverted the temple offering
- allowed the people to swear
- neglected the weightier provisions of the law
- clean on the outside/filthy on the inside
- murdered and persecuted those sent by God
Jesus called them what they were:
- sons of hell
- blind guides
- blind men
- brood of vipers
After all this, the heart of the Lord cried out in agony over Jerusalem.
The rebellion of the leadership led the people astray
Jesus acknowledged what “Jerusalem” had done: killed the prophets, stoned those sent to her.
Jesus then declares what He wanted to do…gather them as children together.
He wanted to protect them.
He wanted to shepherd them.
He wanted them.
Yet, they were unwilling.
Therefore, their house would be desolate…
The Temple would be destroyed within a generation.
The people would be dispersed across the earth until the last days...now!
They...the religious leadership...would not see Him again until they said “Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Some would do that in a few days.
Others will not do it until they see Him in glory...upon judgment when they will be cast in the lake of fire.
Which is you?