January 29, 2018
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 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 spoke these words over the city of Jerusalem when He walked into it. In 70 A.D. Jerusalem was pretty much destroyed. These words by Jesus were prophetic. And the reason for all of this was, “you did not know the time of your visitation.”
“Visitation” seems like a weird word to me. I believe it refers to the time of Christ, which Israel missed because they were looking for a literal king to free them from oppression rather than an invisible king from God. They saw Jesus, the man, but did not see Jesus the Son of God. People tend to love Jesus the Savior, but struggle with Jesus, the lord.
Don’t get into the trap of loving Jesus, the man and ignoring His current status as lord of heaven and earth. We read the gospels because they teach us about God, not because they make Him human. One thing about today’s reading that is interesting is “Jesus wept.” That shows us God’s feelings. He wanted the best for Jerusalem. He was not wishing to punish them for their ongoing failures; He loved them and wanted the best for them. Can we look at ourselves in this same picture? Do we see God loving us so much that he weeps when we miss His love? I suspect that mostly, we think He is upset with us and plans to punish us. That is not the message of today’s reading. I am aware that perhaps this is mostly my problem and no one else’s, but maybe we should all look at it.
My dad was stern. I thought I could never really please Him. I knew he loved me because he was supposed to but I did not experience it in real time.
My dad was human. God is God.