Tag: Jesus wept.

Weeping over the lost!

Scripture reading for March 28th:  Luke 19, Psalm 63, Proverbs 1

Key Scriptures:  Luke 19:41-44 “And when He drew near and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!  But now they are hidden from your eyes.  For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you.  And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”  

Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem as He came into it for the final week of His ministry on earth.  He had taught in the streets and healed many among the citizens.  He had called for repentance and preached the good news of the kingdom of God.  But their rejection of Him and God’s Word brought darkness and judgment.  They failed to recognize their time of visitation and would suffer eternal loss.

Faith Confession:  Lord, help me to see with Your eyes and have Your compassion for people and their cities.  Let me weep over the lost and share the Christ’s good news.  May none miss the time of their visitation!

Proverbs 1:32-33 “For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to Me will dwell secure, and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

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Recognize God’s time!

Scripture reading for March 29th:  Luke 19

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 19:41-44 “As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, “if you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.  The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.  They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.  They will not leave one stone upon another,  because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”  

Jesus approached the beloved city of Jerusalem for his last few days on earth.  As He looked at the city, He wept over it.  He had preached and plainly revealed that He was their Messiah but they had rejected Him.  They would hail Him as their King, but call for His crucifixion before the week was over.  How Jesus longed to bring peace to those people He knew and loved!  But each person and each group of people has a time of visitation and a window of opportunity.  When light is rejected, darkness descends on the soul and God gives you over to have what you have chosen.  In Jesus’ day, Jerusalem and Israel did not recognize the time of God’s coming to them!

Observations for over-comers:  Believers must remain alert and responsive to the Lord and the Holy Spirit in the last days.  We know that the time is short and we must make the most of our time here. “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven:. . .”  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

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“Lazarus, Come Out!”

Scripture reading for November 3rd: John 9-12

My son Marshal and I visited Bethany as a part of our Bible history and geography study class that spent three weeks in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.  At Bethany one morning, we visited a place that was a probably like the tomb that Lazarus was laid in.  Marshal and I went down a narrow passageway carved out of the rock and entered the musty cave where there were some niches carved in the wall as places to lay the bodies.  The tomb was illuminated by an electric light.  After reading the Scriptures about this incident, I turned to leave first and right after I got out, I took my camera and called out, “Marshal, come out!”  I got a great picture and a real visual of what that might have looked like to those gathered around that tomb with Jesus!

Jesus often stayed at Lazarus’ home in Bethany, less than two miles from the Temple in Jerusalem.  (John 11:18)   Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha, who also loved Jesus and loved their brother.  They had sent word to Jesus that their brother was deathly sick, but Jesus purposely delayed coming.  (John 11:3-6)  When Jesus arrived, Lazarus was already dead and entombed for four days.  Martha came to meet Jesus and told Him that if He had been there, Lazarus would not have died.  She also made another key statement, “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:22)  Martha had faith in Jesus and His prayers!

Jesus gave her a Word of knowledge: “Your brother will rise again.” (John 11:23)  Martha’s understanding of the resurrection had come from studying the Old Testament Scriptures.  (Possibly Daniel 12:1-3, 13)  Jesus spoke again to her prophetically, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)  This time Martha confessed that she believed that Jesus was the Christ, Son of God!  Faith comes by hearing the voice of Jesus Christ!

Jesus went to the tomb and as He stood there, He wept! (John 11:35)  What compassion Jesus showed for this man that He loved!  The Author of Life was weeping over Lazarus swallowed by the grave and death!  He was the “resurrection and life” and was about to demonstrate the power of faith.  Jesus was deeply moved a second time and ordered the stone taken away from the mouth of the tomb.  Martha protested, but Jesus reassured her faith!  He is the Author and Finisher of our faith and helps us when our faith falters!  (John 11:40)  After thanking His Father that He always heard Him, Jesus spoke, “Lazarus, come out!” Sure enough, Lazarus came out, grave clothes and all!

Wow!  What a loving and compassionate Savior!  We are encouraged to simply believe that whatever Jesus said or says will be heard by the Father!  He is alive and praying for us now!  Why not ask Him for what He has promised?  Listen closely; His sheep hear His voice!

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