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The Heart of the King

Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives, courtesy

And when He approached, He saw the city and wept over it, (Luke 19:41 NASB)

As He approached Jerusalem from the Mt of Olives, he looks down upon the city, and He is moved. He has just received a rebuke from the nation’s spiritual leaders for allowing the crowds to create such a ruckus.

What would you do? Are your feathers ruffled? Are you exerting your rights? Are you feeling sorry for yourself?

Jesus sees the city, His city, and knows that it is doomed. He knows though many will give Him their allegiance, yet “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” (John 1:11 NASB)

He is not hurt by their betrayal. Rather He is broken hearted because they are rejecting their only hope.

He sees a sea of religion with no hope. He sees an ocean of ritual to no profit. He sees rivers of blood that have run through the streets for hundreds of years, the blood of every lamb offered, pointing directly toward this Messiah for centuries, the blood of the righteous from Able to Zachariah, who have gone before Him.

But they did not see Him. They did not know that they were about to mingle the blood that ran through the veins of the creator of the universe, the very One they were giving lip service to would soon mix with all this blood.

The uselessness of their religion would doom them, and He weeps for them.

He weeps for sheep without a shepherd, sheep who have rejected their shepherd.

Jesus wept.

Lord, let us share Your compassion for those trapped in useless religion today, those who may name your name, but have rejected your love.

BenCome back tomorrow – won’t you?



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  1. Caddo Veil

    I know He was God, but He was also flesh--so I'm thinking He must have experienced discouragement. And as I sit in class today, I'm wondering which is worse--to have rejected Christ entirely, or to be trapped in the blind emptiness of religion absent relationship with Him? If you're lost, you're lost--so maybe it doesn't matter. However, I can't help but think of folks--like I used to be--who are saved, but that's it. When you haven't caught the revelation--that you can have a relationship with the Living Christ--it's very small comfort to know you're going to Heaven when you die; because essentially, you're already dead--but your heart's still beating... God bless you today, Ben--love, sis Caddo

    1. Ben Nelson

      You have said a mouth full, and where is assurance when you are not in a vibrant relationship with the Lord, it is tentative at best. Then there are bunches who follow only religion, and never knew God for real at all. It breaks His heart for sure.

      Good that we can hurt for them with Him - (all 3 sets - the have nots, the have but not so much, and the think they haves)

      God bless you kiddo.

  2. Debbie

    I wept while reading this, Mr. Ben. Praying now too, for many to come to the only Hope there is, Jesus. Thank you and God bless you as you lead us into Easter.


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