“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…”-Luke 13:34
In our canonical Scriptures, we find many lamentations in the Psalms. There is also an entire book in the Old Testament set-aside for these poetic laments over the destruction of Jerusalem. In the final verses of Luke thirteen, we find Jesus’ cry and plea for her to repent.
Our Lord’s appeal of deep emotion was from a heart of sorrow and grief. After over three years of walking among His sheep, they did not recognize Him. John’s words were right when he wrote, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:10-11). Jesus was the heir that the wicked vinedressers would seize and kill, obtaining the wrong inheritance. With no repentance, they would receive judgment.
Religion blinded truth resulting in constant rejection of Jesus as Messiah. It was this continuous decision to reject Him that led to their rejection. The inheritance they sought would be given to others, demonstrating obedience to God’s word inwardly, not with outward appearances of false righteousness. Unwillingness to change broke the heart of the Lord and caused Him deep sorrow.
God’s cry over our nations today is still the same, for He is the same “yesterday, today, and forever!” It was love, compassion, and care for eternal salvation that compelled our Lord. The greatest gift is what led Him to the Cross. He did it for the salvation of all the nations of the world today. He lamented for Israel. He still pleas for our country. Do we, as saints, even cry over the lost and hurting soul?
“As I live, says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.”– Ezekiel 33:11