Pastor Luke of the Truckee gathering
Scripture Reading- Luke 19:41-44
“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
Reading for Reflection
As Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem, He was moved to tears. This was the city where He served, the city where He taught, the city where He healed, the city where He preached and outside this city would be where He would eventually die. We can see from Jesus’ weeping that God does not delight in death and destruction, even those that were wicked and would eventually crucify him in a short few days.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem because of hearts that were cold toward God and eyes that were blind to Him. In verse 44, Jesus bemoans the city, crying out that they had not “Known on this day the things that make for peace”, and stating that they “did not know the time of [their] visitation.” He is weeping because, as God, He had visited them and he, as God, would be the true Prince of Peace. Those that saw his works, befriended him and lived alongside him were actually those who would reject Him and would face eventual destruction.
Throughout Jesus’ life and ministry, he ate with friends, he was angry about sin and he preached and healed. But he wasn’t some theological robot. He knew his future, he knew his rejection, and yet he was emotionally moved to weep over those who would not see. In the same way, our mission is not just to preach, but also to love. Not just to spout truth, but also to be in such relationship with those facing destruction, that our heart, our inner being is moved to compassion.
As we begin Holy Week today, set aside some time to think about the people in your life that have no idea that God has sent His Son Jesus to visit them and offer peace. Take time to pray for them by name, and allow yourself to feel the pain and heartbreak that Jesus felt for his city for the people in yours. Whether you are in Reno, Sparks, Elko, Carson or Truckee, think of those around you and weep for their souls and ask God for the opportunity to discuss Jesus with them. In the midst of that pain, you also have the blessing and the freedom to rejoice in God’s grace, knowing that Jesus opened your eyes and saved you from destruction. Today, thank Him for His visitation to you.