Week of Prayer – Day 1

Monday, April 15th – Day 1

And when Jesus drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes….because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:41-44

Have you ever held on to something only to realize it really wasn’t as valuable as you first thought it might be?

As Jesus walked toward Jerusalem on Monday morning, he stopped, his heart broke, and he wept over the city. He saw the future challenges that they would face and his desire that they would have received Him and the inside out way of life he offered.

The people wanted someone to rescue them from their oppressing Roman occupiers.  The average person was taxed heavily, some were conscripted as slaves, and many had family who were deported throughout the empire.  The national identity was continually threatened by Roman law and religious cult.  Those in power had accepted a measure of power, prestige, and comfort they wanted to maintain.  Yet everyone wanted freedom and a return to the historical glories of Israel past.  They wanted to hold on to what they had and were looking for someone to give them more.

They were all focused on maintaining and expanding what they had externally.  Yet Jesus was offering them something internal and eternal.  A way of life that would change them from the inside out.  A way of life that would slowly change them and those around them.  It was a more difficult way but a way that would give them the peace that they really desired.  It broke Jesus’ heart because he knew that the very things they held on to would be destroyed in years to come.  He knew that in this way, they would lose twice.

Is there something temporary in my life that I am holding on to rather than trading the temporary and external for what is eternal?  Is there something on the inside that God is working on in me that is of greater value than what I am holding on to?  Do I have a distorted image of God and what he is supposed to do for me?

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