Have you ever found yourself among people who were enjoying themselves while you felt very sad? Something you knew about was causing you to be filled with sorrow. The sound of those people enjoying themselves was just a noise that added to your pain and sadness.
If you have felt like that then you will understand a little of what Jesus felt one day.
It was an exciting day for Jesus and His disciples. Jesus was riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, and "the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen. 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord,'" they cried. 1*.
"Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, 'Teacher, rebuke your disciples."' These religious men did not want Jesus to be getting such praise and honour.
Many hundreds of years earlier God had spoken in the Bible about this day of honour for the Messiah, so nothing or no-one could prevent it! 2*. Jesus answered them, "I tell you if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out!" 1*.
Here, at last, it seemed that Jesus was being recognized by the multitude for who He really was - the promised One who would save His people. 3*.
But "As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it"!
Why's Jesus crying?
Jesus said, 'If you had only known on this day what would bring you peace - but now it is hidden from your eyes.' 4*.
Jesus could see that the religious enthusiasm of many was only from their lips; their hearts were far from Him. This kind of worship of Jesus is useless! 5*.
How easy many find it to do the same thing today - to say or to sing that Jesus is King, but in their everyday life Jesus is certainly not their King! I wonder do you say, "Jesus is King", but then let yourself be led into believing that it is the words and actions of your religious leaders that really count for you today?
Are you trusting in the very words of Jesus as recorded in the Holy Bible? 6*.
The crowds welcoming Jesus that day were saying that Jesus was King. But in just a few days time Jesus knew they would be putting their trust in the words and opinions of their priests and be quite content to do without Jesus! 7*.
Because they failed to put their trust in Jesus as their only Saviour a terrible judgment from God would come upon them. Jesus knew there foolishness and knew about the coming destruction, and that is what caused Him to cry! Jesus takes no pleasure in having to judge and destroy those who do not repent! 8*. Jesus longs to save people; not to judge them!
Don't you follow the crowds who take their lead, and their hope of salvation, from priests instead of from Jesus; for they will all have be punished by God in Hell forever. 9*.
Read in Luke chapter 19, verses 35-44 of Jesus' tears over the people of Jerusalem who only gave Him lip service but went off to obey and follow their priests to destruction!
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---------------oOo--------------- Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 Luke 19:35-40.
2 Zechariah 9:9. Psalm 118:26.
3 Isaiah 12:1-2.
4 Luke 19:41-42.
5 Matthew 15:8-9.
6 Acts 17:11. John 12:48.
7 Matthew 27:20-26.
8 Luke 19:43-45. Ezekiel 33:11. 2nd Peter 3:9.
9 John 3:17-19,36. Matthew 7:24-27.