This past summer I had the opportunity to visit Israel. After arriving at the Mount of Olives, I stepped out of the van and gazed at the magnificent view of Jerusalem. I was deeply moved. My emotions quickly got the best of me as I thought about Christ’s sacrifice and his future triumphant return through the Golden Gates that will open wide to receive the King.

I pondered today’s touching passage that describes Jesus weeping over the city of Jerusalem before the last week of his earthly life and ministry. The word “wept” is the Greek verb klaio, meaning “bewail or audible weeping.” I asked myself, “Why was Christ so gripped with sadness?”

Jesus knew the temple would be destroyed by the Roman empire because of the hardened hearts of many who were resistant to the wonderful news that he brought. Countless prophecies had been foretold about him, yet the people did not recognize him or receive him (John 1:11).

Will the Lord find us prepared when he returns? Are we trusting Christ to live through us? Are we being transformed? Or are our hearts resisting the Truth?

Now is the time to deepen your faith in God and to tell others about the good news. When Jesus returns, there will be no more weeping for those who believe. They will have a place in his eternal kingdom. If you have not yet done so, may you secure a place today by recognizing Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I’m so grateful for the gift of eternal life and all of your promises. Please help me to be a reflection of you and to be prepared to share your love with others in your Spirit's power. Amen.

Go Deeper — Would Jesus weep over anything you did yesterday? If so, will you confess it and receive his forgiveness?

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Tags: The Gospel of Luke Luke 19
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