Jerusalem – Luke 19

 

Prayer for Peace  This is my favorite painting by the artist Thomas Kinkade. It is called “A Prayer for Peace” and depicts Jesus weeping over Jerusalem as He approached on Palm Sunday.

            In Luke 19:42 Jesus says, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—” On Palm Sunday the crowds hailed Him with, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” But He knew that in only a few days this same crowd would be yelling “Crucify Him!” Jesus saw their hearts and wept for the city named “Peace”.

            In Matthew’s Gospel, he records Jesus words, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling.” (Matthew 23:37) Jesus loved His people and was about to pay the ultimate price for that love. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

            He looks on the city and weeps for God’s chosen people as He sees the persecution, defeat and desolation they will face: “The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.” (vs 43-44) And He saw the destruction of their beloved temple: “They will not leave one stone on another.” (vs 44)

            Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. Have you turned to Him for peace? He longs to give you the “peace of God that transcends all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7) I would encourage you, urge you, to look to Him: “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) He longs to give you peace just as He longed to give it to Jerusalem.

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