As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 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. 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. 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
Today’s passage is another mind bender and possibly a time bender as well. Jesus is entering Jerusalem and weeping over the city of David. I think He is shedding tears over more than a town. He is weeping for Israel and all those for whom God is “hidden”. God and Jesus are often “hidden” from these people, and some modern-day spiritually curious people, not because they are hiding, but because have stopped seeking or they are looking in the wrong places.
Jesus weeping is an indication of the depths of frustration and sadness that He has for all those who choose to close their eyes when confronted with the light of the world. “This day” is presumably referring to the near future when Jesus will give the religious leaders and the establishment in Jerusalem a choice. Learn the new song that I am teaching people which will “bring you peace” or hold onto the old treasures you have been hoarding.
Here is the time bending part of the passage. Holding onto the old ways of following God will result in more conflict in the future, “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. 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.” Jesus is looking into the future where the decision made “today” will result in a a very bad outcomes for Jerusalem and its people. Although Jesus is focusing on Jerusalem in this passage I think His prediction is equally true for all those who separate themselves from the water source.
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is bringing peace like a river to this war torn city with a long history of senseless sacrifice. He is not promising an absence of conflict. He is promising that those who accept His outstretched hand will have peace amidst conflict. He is promising peace to all wandering and wondering souls that are battling with the prince of darkness who rules this land of oblivion. The peace He is offering is a spiritual peace, a calming of the spiritual squalls, that are part of our journey here on earth.
This is one of those passages that is “bigger on the inside”, just like God is bigger on the inside. These few sentences are deep water full of wisdom about what Jesus offers all those who are willing to faithfully follow Him. He is not offering prosperity, comfort, or an easy life. He is offering spiritual peace for restless souls.
Prayer: God bring us peace for our restless souls.