How hard it is to tell people you care about what you know is right, only to have them disagree with you and reject what you have said. How hard it is to take that rejection with humility and understanding and in good grace. How hard it is to watch the people that you love turn their backs on you, and walk away down a path you know will harm them. No wonder Jesus wept as he approached Jerusalem. Not only did he fully realise the fate that awaited him, but he also knew that most of the Jews in Jerusalem would be blind to their salvation. Even those who cheered him down the road as he made his triumphal approach, would turn against him when they saw that he was not going to topple the oppressive regime they were subject to. They would abandon him in disgust when they realised he was not going to fight for them in the way they expected him to.
Luke 19:36-44 NLT
As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!” But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!” He replied,“If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!” But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.”
I hope and pray that I have taken my opportunity for salvation. I hope and pray that I am not mistaken and the Lord is guiding me to do his will. Today my goal is to do what ever I can to illuminate the way of peace for anyone who is looking but cannot yet see it. My goal is to help anyone who is at all interested, to find what may have been hidden to them in the past. I want to try and help people understand Jesus’s way of peace before it is too late for them.
Joshua 19:1-20:9, Luke 19:28-48, Psalms 88:1-18, Proverbs 13:12-14