Tears for True Tragedy
When I’m in pain, I’m totally focused on myself. How long will it last? Can I endure it? Is it terminal? One of the strongest reasons I know Jesus is God’s Son is that when He faced excruciating pain, far beyond anything I ever could or ever will experience, He turned and faced those weeping over His misfortune and warned them again about the disaster that they would face in their city in the near future.
“And as they led Him away, they grabbed one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the field. They placed the cross on him to carry behind Jesus. Now a large crowd followed Jesus and women wailed and mourned over Him. Turning toward them, Jesus said, ’Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, weep for yourselves and for your children. For look, days are coming in which you will say, ‘Happy are those who are barren and the wombs that have not given birth and the breasts that have not nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?’”
Jesus had predicted what the Romans would do to Jerusalem. Check out how Luke presents Jesus’ prophecies in Luke 11:49-50, 13:34-35, 19:41-44; 21:20-24. The proverb about green and seasoned wood is a warning. If the Romans brutally crucify an innocent man, like Jesus, on charges of insurrection that they know are trumped up, think what they will do when the Jews actually are guilty of rebellion against Rome.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem in Luke 19:41 because it would not receive Him as Messiah and King. Now He points the women towards the tears of tragedy they will be crying in the future when Jerusalem is destroyed. The good news is that on that cross that Simon carried, Jesus would carry the suffering and death that all of us deserve.
LORD, forever I thank You for hanging on that cross for us. Thank You for Your expression of compassion toward these women even as You faced unbearable suffering. Lord, today there are mothers and children suffering due to perpetual bombing. In your mercy bring peace to Syria soon so that mother’s will be able to safely nurse babies again.
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