What Jesus Did! 'Rejected!' — Luke 19:41-44

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jesus came near Jerusalem. He saw the city and began to cry for it. Jesus spoke to Jerusalem. He said, "I wish you knew today what would bring you peace! But you can't know it, because it is hidden from you. A time is coming when your enemies will build a wall around you. Your enemies will hold you on all sides. They will destroy you and all your people. Not one stone of your buildings will stay on top of another. All this will happen because you did not know the time when God came to save you."
— Luke 19:41-44
Illustration of Luke 19:41-44 — "I wish you knew today what would bring you peace!"

Key Thought

So often, we assume that if an opportunity is presented to us, then we will have many other chances to respond to the same opportunity. However, experience eventually teaches most of us what God had tried to get us to see much earlier: opportunities are offered and then pass by us never to be offered quite the same way again. Jerusalem stood on the brink of history. Accepting Jesus as the way to peace offered great opportunity. Rejecting Jesus as the way of peace led to the destruction that would follow. Unfortunately this same rejection plays itself out repeatedly on a much smaller scale in the lives of so many people. They reject the way of the Lord in their youth, or in a time of rebellion, and think that he will be there for them to follow whenever and however they may choose. While they may eventually come to the Lord, they will waste much time, and they will also forfeit much peace as the consequences of their rebellion and procrastination bring them heartache after heartache. In addition, some can have their hearts become so hardened that they never wish to return to the Lord. Let's live and act with great urgency in the lives of those we love and ask God to help us reach them for Jesus so their lives and their eternities will not be squandered on what is not peace!

Today's Prayer

Father, give me wisdom and "urgent patience" to know how best to share Jesus with those I love who do not know him as their Lord. I do not want to rush them in ways that close their hearts to him. At the same time, dear Father, I don't want to be lackadaisical in my approach to them either. Help me be a peace-bringer as I seek to share the Lord. In Jesus' name I ask it. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus came near Jerusalem. He saw the city and began to cry for it. Jesus spoke to Jerusalem. He said, "I wish you knew today what would bring you peace! But you can't know it, because it is hidden from you. A time is coming when your enemies will build a wall around you. Your enemies will hold you on all sides. They will destroy you and all your people. Not one stone of your buildings will stay on top of another. All this will happen because you did not know the time when God came to save you." Jesus went into the temple area. He began to throw out the people that were selling things there. Jesus said, "It is written {in the Scriptures }, 'My house will be a house of prayer.' But you have changed it into a 'hiding place for thieves.' " Jesus taught the people in the temple area every day. The leading priests, the teachers of the law, and some of the leaders of the people wanted to kill Jesus. But all the people were listening closely to Jesus. They were very interested in the things Jesus said. So the leading priests, the teachers of the law, and the leaders did not know how they could kill Jesus.

Luke 19:41-48

Related Scripture Readings

What great blessings there are for the people that work to bring peace! God will call them his sons and daughters.

Matthew 5:9

"I leave you peace. It is my own peace I give you. I give you peace in a different way than the world does. So don't be troubled. Don't be afraid. You heard me say to you, 'I am leaving, but I will come back to you.' If you loved me, then you would be happy that I am going back to the Father. Why? Because the Father is greater than I am. I have told you this now, before it happens. Then when it happens, you will believe.

John 14:27-29

Always be happy in the Lord. I will say it again. Be happy. Let all people see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon. Don't worry about anything. But pray and ask God for everything you need. And when you pray, always give thanks. And God's peace will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. That peace which God gives is so great that we cannot understand it.

Philippians 4:4-7

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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