Matthew 23:37-39 (NIV) 37 “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, and you were not willing.
38 Look, your house is left to you desolate.
39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
Jesus loved Jerusalem. Jerusalem was the capital of God’s chosen nation and the location of the Temple, the place where God came to dwell with the people. Jerusalem was a place where God should have been worshipped, where Jesus should have been recognized as God’s Son and a place of peace. However, Jerusalem became a place where there was no compassion and more and more was demanded of the people.
Jesus cared deeply for the people. He desired to shelter and to protect them. But, when he called them they did not want to hear Him. The leaders wanted him dead and began to plot to kill him. Jesus predicted that Jerusalem would be destroyed and 40 years later the city was left desolate by the Romans. However, Jesus did leave the people with hope. He said he would not return until the people said “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” He did not say if the people say but until they do. Jesus gives hope.
Jesus talked with passion and love about His people. He talks to us today through the Bible and through the messages we hear at church and through prayer. He is calling us. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person and they with me.” When you hear Him calling do you respond to Him in faith and trust or do you turn up the noise of the world to block Him out? He longs to have relationship with you and me, to shelter and protect us. Jesus is trust worthy and He does care. I can trust Him to supply everything I need and with all my situations. He has already provided for me to have eternal life and to live with Him in heaven. When He died on the cross, was buried and rose from the dead on Easter morning he provided eternal life to everyone who has faith in who he is and what he did. Will I yield to his call, open the door and allow Him to fill all my needs? Will you? As Pastor said Sunday “Our self-worth is not wrapped up in our performance. I don’t need to be my own sufficiency. Jesus is my sufficiency.” He will fill all my needs. He is sufficient. No one loves us and cares for us like Jesus does.
What do I/you need to trust Jesus with? Will I/you trust His sufficiency?
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are all powerful and all sufficient. There is nothing that surprises you or that is too hard for you. Help us, Lord, to trust you with everything in our lives. Let us see the miracles you will do in our situations in your perfect time. We Love you Lord. In Jesus name we prayer, Amen