Sunday: Jesus Weeps For What is Lost
”Now, as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,“ Luke 19:41
”If only you had known what would bring you peace.“ ”If only“, words filled with grief and regret that caused Jesus to weep. As you stand today and look over your own life, where is your regret meter reading? Is it in the red zone, or are we still green to go? Anyone who tells me they have lived a life without regret is either lying, or selfish to the point of blindness. Blind to the collateral damage we all do as we rush through life in pursuit of our own goals. Blind to the neglect we heap on those we love and those who love us. Blind to the omissions, those opportunities that came before us that we either didn’t see, or chose to ignore. All of these are part of life, but the greatest regret in life is never knowing what it is that brings peace.
Living in this world is like living in a bubble of time. Life, and this existence are finite within that bubble. Success or failure in any aspect are on the clock, a matter of timing. It either works for success or for failure in the course of a day, or of a lifetime. God is the omniscient master of timing. He knows both the beginning and the end, and every moment in between, but when He places opportunity in our path we must cease the day, ”Carpe Diem“, before the opportunity fades.
So it was for The People of God who had failed to see the opportunity that God had placed before them and now the door would close and the path leading to it would be darkened so that future generations would not fall into the same trap. To chose the traditions of religion over the love of God in His infinite grace and mercy is to chose a path to destruction and it has caused Jesus to weep as He envisions that end for so many people.
”They will not leave one stone upon another because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.“
”Now is the day of God’s favor. Today is the day of His salvation.“ Don’t miss the boat. The time grows short and when the bell tolls, only regret and weeping will remain.