A Word of Lamentation

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (Matthew 23:37-39, ASV).

Jesus, during the last week of His life on this earth, speaks these words because of an anguished heart. For three years He had been preaching the message of God, both in Jerusalem and in the extended areas. And for three years His message was spurned by the masses. Certainly it was not because His word did not warrant acceptance, rather it was because His word was contrary to preconceived notions. These preconceived notions and the subsequent rejection of the message of God brought God’s wrath upon Jerusalem.

Jerusalem and the Israelite nation was the “chosen” of God. But the nation Israel had fulfilled its purpose, now the purposes of God had gone beyond that. When God chose Israel it was because through them the promised Savior would come into the world. Into the world He came and many people wanted nothing to do with Him. But, whether rejected or accepted, Jesus is the chosen of God. Will we accept God’s chosen?

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