February 8

February 8, 2021
By: Gabriel Tseng

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 surround 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. – Luke 19:41-44

When Jesus looks upon Jerusalem, He sees His people and where they have fallen and where they are yet to fall. His heart of love speaks to a sense of sadness and destruction as he weeps. I think Jesus wept alot, but it was only recorded in special moments. He was of course, a man of sorrows. His words are like that of the prophets, who spoke of impending doom, but in this, His words are pointed as He speaks it in personification terms. You can hear His words, full of sadness, knowing what will happen in the days to come. 

The heart of God is beautiful in this way as He sees us and the effects of the wandering nature of each of His people. It is why He calls us to abide, to stay within earshot, to follow closely to have dust on our faces. Loving others with the love of God, may mean that in the toughest moments, we are to allow them to walk, even whilst we beg them to continue walking along. It must be heartbreaking to see Jerusalem walk away from the Son of God Himself, while He is right in their midst. It’s amazing to me how eyes are illuminated. Not by our own will, but by the very hand of God. Moments. The quiet faithfulness in the same boring direction is what leads to us fighting the good fight and finishing our course. But it starts in a moment where our eyes need to be illuminated. Even with Jesus in their midst, Israel couldn’t see Jesus. They did not recognize the very God who had created them, yet He saw them and He saw us. Even amidst such disobedience of Israel, and knowing the impending destruction due to them, Jesus went ahead, for the joy set before Him was Israel, and many sons and daughters to be bought back with His life. While He lamented, He also let go, trusting His Father that this plan was right and good, and while it made no worldly sense, made complete eternal sense by His trust in His Father. 

May our hearts be set on Him and our hearts be transformed into His, made new with a different beat, to feel His Heart, to see with His eyes, and to be His hands and feet for His Glory and the good of all people. 

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