“O Jerusalem! O Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and you stone the messengers who are sent to you. How often I wanted to gather in your children as a hen gathers in her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing to come to Me”. Luke 13:34
As Jesus makes his final journey into Jerusalem he remembers.
Abraham the father of His people traveling to Jerusalem
Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem where Issac was almost sacrificed
King David and his love for Jerusalem
King Solomon building the first temple, a place where God’s presence resided
The captivity and the destruction of Jerusalem
The restoration of Jerusalem by Ezra and Nehemiah
Now as he looks over this city he so loves, he sees greed and evil, the worship of money and power. He sees the traditions that have replaced relationship, people hurting and lost, the powerful and the oppressed, separated by sin, so far from the Father.
Luke records it this way
“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.” Luke 19:41-42
But Jesus did not come for a people or a city, to make us comfortable, or to affirm whatever stand or cause we may hold to. Jesus came for all people, Jesus came for restoration. He came to provide a way back to the Father. Where we were meant to be.
The prophet Isaiah told of a future, restored, Jerusalem..
Eternal One: Now look here!
I am creating new heavens and a new earth.
The weary and painful past will be as if it never happened.
No one will talk or even think about it anymore.
So take joy and celebrate with unending gladness
on account of what I am creating.
Look carefully! I am making this place I’ve chosen, this Jerusalem, a city of joy.
I’m making her citizens, My people, a people of gladness.
This Jerusalem, My pride and joy, and her people will be a delight to Me.
Though you listen at every corner,
You will never hear crying, never hear despair or grief.” Isaiah 65:17-19
There is a new day coming, the people of God and Jerusalem will be united forever. The restoration Jesus came to bring will be complete.