Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Is It Tme To Weep?"

Then, as He as now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
   And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples."
   But He answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out."
   Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for Your peace! But now they are hidden from Your eyes.
   For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,
   And level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.
   Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of thieves.'" Luke 19:37-45

As I was reading in Luke today this verse jumped out at me, "Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying:" The thing I noticed is this ...He was coming from His 'triumphal entry' with everyone shouting praises and the Pharisees complaining about it into the city. So what does He do? He takes the time or maybe it's the opportunity to weep over the city. It says that as He draws near the city He Sees it and wept over it. When He draws near suddenly the praises and the complaining take a back seat to the souls in the city before Him that are about to "miss their time of visitation." He knows what is going to happen in the days ahead. He knows that in the days ahead they are going to be shouting to crucify Him. He knows that in the days ahead they will reject who He truly is as He is paying the price for theirs and our redemption.

How about you? When was the last time you took the time and or the opportunity to weep over your city? When was the last time we as His disciples wept over our cities? Take the time today to intercede on behalf of those who are missing out on their redemption. Pray that they don't miss 'the time of their visitations.'

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