Jesus Warns His Beloved

Jesus Warns His Beloved

Jesus Laments Over Jerusalem

If Jesus were to walk among us today the same way He did two thousand years ago, how would we treat Him? Of course, we would celebrate Him! We would sit at his feet and learn from His every word. Wouldn’t we?

What does Jesus mean when he says, “Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets”? Does he mean the physical city only? Well, yes, but not just that. He is also speaking prophetically about the place where believers gather around the temple where God dwells. In today’s words, that place is “the church”.

The church today has segmented and fractured any number of ways, for any number of reasons. But really, isn’t it fair to say that all of those reasons can be summed up by pointing at our own foolish pride? Regardless, Jesus still wants to have “gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings” if only we were willing.

O Lord, make us willing to say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Thanks be to God for his sacrifice and his gift of eternal life for us.

Today’s sermon is based on Luke 13:

31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

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