“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,” Luke 19:41
The city of Jerusalem did not have much experience with the concept of peace. They had been destroyed by enemies in the past, and they would soon be destroyed by the Romans. The tears of Jesus were not for the physical city of Jerusalem, He wept for the individuals.
Jesus taught the multitudes. He spent time with men, women, and children. He knew their need for redemption. They had been visited by the Savior. Instead of receiving Him, they rejected and killed Him. Jesus wept because they were blind to redemption. Jesus was their only hope of peace, but He knew they would refuse Him. This brought Him to tears.
In reading this passage of Scripture this week, this verse really struck me. Do I weep for my city and their sin? When I see their sin, does my heart break over their need for a Savior?
In a week of busyness and preparations for a huge ministry weekend, let’s not forget to weep for our city. Pray that they recognize the Messiah and accept salvation in Him.