Luke 19:41 As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.
There is no doubt that Jesus loved His own people. He wanted them to receive Him gladly, not to boost His reputation or esteem, but so that they could be showered with God’s blessings of forgiveness and everlasting love. He wept over Jerusalem because He knew that He would be rejected and arrested, tortured and crucified. He wasn’t weeping for Himself; Jesus was weeping for His people. In all of their wonderful history, God’s chosen people would make the greatest mistake of their spiritual lives. Instead of recognizing the Messiah, they would rail against Him. Instead of accepting the Anointed One, they would kill Him.
This week, a report from the Pew Center has revealed that Protestant Christianity is in decline and that atheism/secularism is increasing across American society. Almost one third of our young people have no belief in God at all, which means that our society will go through some major changes in the decades to come. People will miss out on the Gospel message and a whole generation will potentially no longer have a strong connection to Christ. Perhaps at that time, Jesus will be weeping again not just for Jerusalem, but for a whole world that will culturally crucify Him once more. The vital question for the Church at that time could be: will it be a time to lament of the past, or will it become a brand new mission field? Only those churches that presently preach, teach, and live out a strong connection and personal commitment to Christ may only be around to answer that question.
Questions for personal reflection
How committed to Christ am I? What am I doing now to strongly pass on my Christian faith to the next generation?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You love Your people and You delight in Your Bride, the Church. You know the issues that we face today and the drifting away of our young people from our churches. Help us to deepen our relationship with You, so that the next generation may see an authentic and realistic Christianity that will draw them closer to You. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.
John Stuart is presently the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment on today’s message, please send him an email to Traqair@aol.com.
Today’s image is one of John’s latest autumn drawings. It’s called “Smoky Mountain Morning” and features the fall colored misty mornings that take place in the Smokies at this time of year. If you would like to view a larger version, please click on the following link: