Tears: An essence our very humanity. It’s such an integral part of our nature, that when God walked amongst us as flesh and blood one of the attributes of humanity he chose to have were “tears’’.
There are moments when I allow my imagination to run wild and I begin to ask myself: “Could it be possible, that Jesus still weeps, now and then?”
Just before His death, he came to the holy city Jerusalem. A city that had killed his servants and manipulated His laws. The same city that would kill Him, and many others who would walk the earth in His name.
As He drew near the city, and it was within His view, he does not curse the city. He does not send angels to send forth lightening bolts to strike the city when His mission is complete. Butt He does that which is human and in no way divine, He wept.
‘’ Now as He drew near, He saw the city (Jerusalem) and wept over it.’
Jesus wept over Jerusalem.
He wept over her ignorance:
Verse 42 “…if you had known, even you…” She had become the mother of religion in the contemporary society of her day. Jerusalem was a center of religious feasts and activities. But as the years went by, the people had gotten cold and drifted way from true intimacy with God.
They knew religion, but they did not know God.
He wept for a people who had exchanged the eternal for the temporal:
God was visiting man, but they cherished a temple which no longer wholly stands, more than the One for which the temple was built. They had exchanged relationship with God for religion, they exalted the creation more the creator.
He wept over broken dreams, altered purpose, potentials unfulfilled.
He saw people who could have been all that God wanted them to be, but they swapped integrity for worldliness. They had traded God given values for the tradition of men.
He wept for her children.
Children who would be borne into a legacy of sin and corruption.
But most of all He wept because they had no sense of “time”.
“…because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Luke
It was time for God to do something new, but may held on to the old. Jesus looked at the city and could not find men who understood the times.
I pause and think. Did Jesus have any other reason, throughout the Gospel to shed tears? Yes, at the graveside of Lazarus. A generation that has no sense of time is as bad and sad as a graveside situation.
Vision is buried.
Purpose is entombed.
A stone is rolled over holiness and integrity.
Jesus wept; because the time of their visitation had come but the people turned their backs on God. He wept because God was up to something but they chose to follow their own ways.
Jesus once rebuked the religious leaders of Israel, for understating the signs of the weather but not understanding the signs of the times .He wept for a people who saw no urgency in destiny. A people who did not realise the urgency of time. Time is a treasure God has given to each one of us. A treasure we ought to maximize to His Glory.
He wept because they did not realise that it was time to seek after His father in spirit and truth. A time to return and discover the altars of Holiness.
A time to pursue hard after God.
There are times I ask myself: “Does Jesus still weep?” Everyday men pierce His heart and sides over and over again.
Does he weep; Because although the cannot be crucified a send time, some have chosen the paths of hell and destruction, and the saints of God just sit back in comfort zone, without compassion? Does the weep when we turn our
backs on His voice to follow after our pleasures? Does He weep when the lack of integrity of some of His sons and daughters, folks who profess His name, cause men & women not to believe His word.
Does He still weep for a church, who does not understand that these are the last days?
Does He still weep, because, perhaps, love still flows from His heart?