Luke 19:41–44 (ESV)
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 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. 43 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 44 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.”
The verse “Jesus Weeps” is the shortest verse in the Bible and is found at John 11:35. Today’s reading is the second time Jesus wept. This is kind of an obscure passage that can leave you
scratching your head and wonder what did this passage just say??? I can honestly say I have never preached on this passage and I doubt I ever will. It is not as exciting as other scripture, but never-the-less, it is here and we are looking at it
today. To understand this passage, there are two things you need to know. First of all, Jesus is God and is all knowing and second, Jerusalem is going to be destroyed in 70 AD. Jesus knows of this destruction and that the Temple will be destroyed
for a second time (first time was 586 BC). Jesus is weeping over this because of the coming destruction and the people misunderstood the Messiah’s visit. He knew that in one week, the people would be turning against him as he dies on the
cross for them. Jesus had a reason and purpose for coming down from heaven and that was the plan of Salvation. Many missed the “visitation”, but many didn’t and the church still stands today. Jesus is the Messiah, the promised
one, who takes away the sin of the world.
I pray: O Lord, I thank you and the Holy Spirit that while I was not around during your visitation, I still did not miss it. Your visitation means everything
to me. Thank you for your forgiveness, mercy, grace, eternal life, salvation... and heaven. I look forward to the day I will eternally visit you and see you face to face as I live in your Kingdom
in Heaven forever and ever. Help me to share my faith with others. Amen.