Monday’s Moment With God
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it. Luke 19:41
Holy Week to me is somber and filled with remembrance for the great sacrifice my Father has given for me. This Monday’s Moment With God – Luke 19:41, tells us that Jesus wept as he came into the city. I haven’t really paid much attention to that statement, until my pastor brought it up at church on Palm Sunday.
Why did he weep?
We are God’s children. He wants what is best for us all and more than anything wants us to be saved and live eternally with him. As Jesus rode into Jerusalem he was reminded of all of his people that refused to accept him and would not be saved. He mourned for the hardship and tragedy that would come upon these people.
His heart was breaking in the midst of celebration. “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven,” Matthew 21:9. It wasn’t just a small affair, there were crowds of people in front of and behind him. They were not celebrating for the right reason though.
Imagine how you’d feel coming home after a long journey and instead of your children celebrating being with you again, they were celebrating having the person who runs their lives and makes it possible for things to run smoothly return. These people were celebrating a king that they assumed would be a political leader, not a spiritual one. They were not thrilled to be in the presence of a saviour, they were relieved at the thought that someone was finally coming in to be the political King they felt they deserved. That would be devastating for me as a parent, so I can understand why it would have broken the heart of Jesus.
We Too Should Weep
Our hearts should break just as his did, for our own people. God doesn’t spend one week a year mourning the loss of all the children that refuse to come to him. He spends everyday of the year doing this. Look around you, think of all the people you see going through their lives each day, without Christ. God loves these people and we hardly even notice them. These may be the very people who need an introduction to Christ.
When we smile, God smiles. When we weep, God weeps. Can’t we stand with God for this one week a year to weep with him also. Ask God to lead you to those who need to hear his word this week. He wants all of his children to come and be with him, and sometimes he uses us to bring them to him.
While you spend time during Holy Week retracing the steps of Jesus’ last days with us on earth, I hope that you will also pray for and seek out those who need him. Lift your voice, reach out your hand and shine God’s love into the hearts of those around you. He can only do so much to guide his children to him, so be his vessel this week and let him guide to bring some of his people back to him, so that maybe his weeping will lessen.
He has sacrificed everything for you, so try to give something back to him.
May God bless you and guide you through your week. Give you the ability to speak on his behalf, lead more people into communion with him and be the blessing in someone else’s life. Amen.
I know we all celebrate Lent, Holy Week and Easter in different ways. What are some things your church or your family does to remember the great sacrifice God has made for us?