“Then He proceeded to denounce the towns where most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago! But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until today.” Matthew 11:20-23 HCSB.
I wonder if most of us who are Followers of the Christ have paused long enough to understand just how close our Nation came to collapse and perhaps would have if Donald Trump had not been elected President? In asking that question, I must also as, “Is Jesus weeping over this once great and proud Nation?” No, I cannot answer that with validity, but in my heart, I think He may be weeping over what the Church has failed to do over the course of these 225+ years. It is easy to see what the Church has done as opposed to what She may not have been doing. Look at our large and sometimes enormous buildings that we have constructed and then look at the horrible sin that is being committed across our Land. Is Jesus weeping because we have failed in fulfilling the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20?
An Evasive Dream
I think that we have been making our lives comfortable as we have sought to fulfill the evasive American Dream which is not proposed for us in Scripture. In Scripture we are told to seek after God, “So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:31-34.
By seeking God, man will lose his personal compassions in view of the compassions of God, that is to Follow the Christ, “If anyone finds his life will lose it, and anyone losing his life because of Me will find it.”Luke 19:41-43. We are to serve Him and not the passions of our hearts.
Jesus was very compassionate for the city of Jerusalem, the Holy City because this is where the Temple of God was located and where He would be crucified for the sins of the mankind. “As He approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you knew this day what would bring peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you, surround you, and hem you in on every side. Matthew 10:39, “Anyone finding his life will Matthew 11:6, “And if anyone is not offended because of Me, he is blessed.”
Are We Missing the Meaning?
John 3:16 is most likely the most beloved verse in all of the Bible, but unfortunately, we stop with, “that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” But there is something horribly wrong with this because we fail to grasp the full meaning of the verse, the impact of the sin of unbelief. I think we do not wish to mention the impact of unbelief for fear of offending our collective audiences.
“For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.” John 3:17-18.
Jesus wept over the City of David because of the sin found therein. Does He weep over what has taken place in our Nation where we now applaud homosexuality and untold other kinds of immoral acts apart from abortion? God, please help us.
Jesus is Lord.