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Weekly Devotionals

Yearly Reminder

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

Luke 19:41-44

Whenever it is passion week, I find myself gravitating toward this very passage. From this passage, two things always stick out to me.

The first is Jesus’ compassion as he weeps over Jerusalem. I am always challenged by how real Jesus’ compassion is for the lost. Whenever I read this passage, I ask myself, “does my heart weep for those who are lost?” It is a yearly reminder for me to pursue and desire after God’s own heart for his people.

Do you currently have someone you feel God’s heart breaks for in your life? I encourage and invite you to pray for that person and to take courage and approach them in having a genuine and intentional relationship with them.

The second is how the people fail to see and recognize God’s redemptive plan through Jesus. What’s more heartbreaking about this is that in the prior verses, the same people screaming, “Hosanna,” are the ones screaming, “Crucify him!” later on. This is the second reminder that my faith in Jesus should not come from him meeting my expectations and fulfilling all my desires, hopes, and dreams but from his work on the cross and the promise and the hope that comes from his resurrection.

Is your relationship with Jesus being driven and motivated by how he meets your expectations? Let us take a moment this week to see what drives our relationship with Jesus. Let us pray that God reveals what lies deep in our hearts.