January 09, 2021
Jesus Mourns And Cries Out To Jerusalem
Luke 13:34-35 (KJV) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Jesus is torn apart in this scripture because the Jewish people martyred prophets, for He knew that God would have longed to gather them together, as does a hen her chicks, providing them with love and mercy.
However, in their ignorance and pride, the nation of Israel refused to acknowledge or follow God with hardened hearts. Their actions prompted Jesus here to give them a fair warning concerning their imminent future. It seems as if Jesus is pointing to the far future and the time of His entry at Armageddon. However, some believe these verses were pointing to the near future for these Jews and their soon defeat at the Romans’ hand serving under Titus’s leadership.
Either way, historically, today, these verses can serve as a reminder to us about the unlimited mercy and grace of God available through the finished work of Jesus Christ and show us the grieving heart of God towards lost and wayward souls in this world.
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