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Weep for yourselves and your children!

Scripture reading for April 3rd:  Luke 23

Jesus was betrayed early in the morning by Judas, who gave Him a kiss of greeting to identify Him to the soldiers. He was tried before the council of elders, the Sanhedrin, and condemned when He admitted to being the “Son of God.”  (Luke 22:70)

They then turned Him over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman magistrate.  The Jews charged Jesus saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation.  He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.”  So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”  “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.”  (Luke 23:2-3)  Jesus truthfully told the Jews and this Roman magistrate who He was.  In the end, Jesus was turned over to the Jews to be crucified by the Gentile judge.

As Jesus was being led away to be crucified, a large crowd was following Him.  Simon of Cyrene was forced to help carry His cross and wailing women’s cries filled the morning air.  “Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me; weep for yourselves and for your children.  For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that have never bore and the breasts that have never nursed!”  Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”  For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?””  (Luke 23:28-31)

Jesus warned the women who were weeping not to weep for Him.  He was innocent and had willingly taken the sentence and punishment as a part of God’s plan to save mankind.  Those who kept their guilt without repentance, would be without hope when judgment comes!  Where do you stand with Jesus?

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What Will Happen When the Tree Is Dry?

Scripture reading for October 29th: Luke 22-24

Today, we are going to look at a short passage that I have never heard preached on nor have I preached on it.  As Jesus was carrying His cross, He was followed by a large group of women who were weeping and mourning for Him.  “Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me; weep for yourselves and for your children.  For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’  Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!'”  For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” (Luke 23:28-31)

Simon of Cyrene had just picked  up Jesus’  cross as He had stumbled under the load.  His back was beaten and bloody, his brow was pierced by thorns and He was headed for Golgotha to be nailed to the cross.  The women who were wailing caught His attention.  He told them not to weep for Him!  Jesus was not thinking about Himself, but about Jerusalem and her inhabitants!  This is a touching thought that reveals His heart for the lost of His own people.

Jesus saw into the future, and spoke prophetically to those distraught women.  He spoke of a time in the future when greater distress would be upon their children.  The distress would be so great that women would be thankful to be barren so that their children would not have to experience it!  The distress would cause men to call for rocks and mountains to fall on them.  This distress was described by John:  “Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.  They called to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on  us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!  For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17)   This will be the distress when the tree is dry!  Jesus was the green tree who was with them and they crucified Him!  May all take heed and be prepared!

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