When Jesus Weeps

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! -Luke 13:34

A sure evidence that a man has espoused some mighty purpose, and that his purpose has saturated his whole soul, and steeped him in its floods, is, that if he be unsuccessful, he will weep. Now, see our Lord. Were there ever such tears shed as those which He poured forth over Jerusalem? Standing on the hilltops, He saw its towers and its glittering temple, and He discerned in the dim future the day when it should be burned with fire, and the ploughshare of destruction should be driven o’er its once fair, but then desolate, foundations and He cries, “O Jerusalem! Jerusalem! how often would I have gathered thy children together as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Oh that wail of His,-“O Jerusalem! Jerusalem!” Does it not remind you of those words of God in one of the old prophets, where weeping over Ephraim, He saith “How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? Mine heart is turned within Me, My repentings are kindled together.” Jehovah’s bowels yearned to clasp His Ephraim to His breast. And so with Jesus. They may spit in His face, and He weeps not. They may drag Him out of the synagogue and seek to cast Him headlong down the brow of the hill, but I find not that He sighs. They may nail Him to the cross, and yet there shall be ne’er a tear. The only thing that can make Him weep is to see that they reject their own mercy, that they put away from them their only hope, and refuse to walk in that only way of peace. This alone might serve as a proof of the intensity of Jesus’ soul in his great purpose. He must save others; and if they be not saved, He will weep. If others oppose their salvation He will grow angry; not for Himself but for them. Careless of what happens to Himself, He has no fear, no anger for injuries that are poured on Him, but His whole spirit is given up to the one great work of rescuing souls from sin, and sinners from going down into the pit.~ C.H. Spurgeon



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