Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 30:11-31:29 / Luke 19:11-44 / Psalm 48:1-8
There are 7.046 billion people in the world. To give a point of reference for the magnitude of one billion, it would take 40,000 trips around the world to equal one billion miles…so take 280,000+ trips around the world and that would be equivalent to the world’s population. What about death? Statisticians calculate 57 million people die each year. That means 6,400 die per hour and 110 people die every minute. We live in a world that does not know Christ and is dying in their sin.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, a crowd spread their garments on the road, waving palm branches and announced the coming of The King. As Jesus ascended to the top of Mt. Olives and when he, “saw the city, he wept over it.” (Luke 19:41) While the crowd was rejoicing, Jesus was weeping. He uttered a loud lamentation like one mourning over the dead. He had wept over Lazarus’ tomb but that was a grief of quiet sorrow; but here it was uncontrollable grief from His broken soul.
Jesus was grieving over the lostness of man and the coming destruction of the holy city. The Jewish nation rejected Jesus but instead of responding with vengeance, He was moved by compassion and mercy. Jesus displayed righteous indignation in the temple but here he was not angered but saddened by the sight and presence of man’s sin. He was broken over the lost condition of His own people.
They did not perceive or believe Christ was The Messiah. Their eyes were blinded by doubt, deceived by religious pride and the simplicity of faith was beyond their reach. They looked for a Messiah with their eyes and understanding, not with hearts of faith. Israel dismissed Christ’s message because they saw themselves without sin and in no need of a Savior. Jerusalem was hardened and blinded by spiritual pride.
Man still struggles with the message of the gospel as their eyes are blinded to their true sinful condition. When man minimizes their sin, they make a mockery of God’s grace. Unless our eyes are opened to the darkness of our sin, the light of His mercy will look like an ember instead of a consuming fire!
Jesus was about to be rejected, mocked and crucified by a people likened to the ones who just praised Him. Jesus came unto His own and they did not receive Him but shouted for His death…Crucify Him! Even His own disciple Judas, betrayed Him; Peter denied Him and all His disciples forsook Him.
Jesus wept knowing the coming destruction, “They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls…” (vs.44) In A.D. 70, the Romans would come and after a siege of 143 days, kill 600,000 Jews, take thousands more captive and destroy the city as well as the temple. The shame and agony of the cross did not drive Jesus to tears, but the lostness of man did. If we only could see what He sees and feel what He feels…our hearts would be broken too.