It’s Sunday in the final week of Jesus’ life leading to the cross and the resurrection. Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey as the admiring crowd hailed him with shouts of “Hosanna – blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” The story recorded in Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-44 and John 12:12-19 is traditionally called the Triumphal Entry.

Yet when we read the account in Luke we find that we might ask what kind of entry was this, really?

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 NIV

As Jesus approaches Jerusalem what he sees causes tears to well up inside him and burst forth.  Jesus was sent by the Father to seek and save the lost, to open their eyes to see his grace and love. God, himself, had come to his people. Looking for them. Seeking them. Longing for them to come to him and find his peace. He came to his own but his own did not receive him.

For whom did these tears fall?

I don’t believe that Jesus is crying about himself and the fate that awaits him. He is coming as the Prince of Peace, astride his royal donkey. He is coming to the city called peace – and the people will not receive the peace with God that he offers. Jesus wept because the people refuse to accept him and the result will be devestation.

The question I have been asking myself as I think about this final week is, “What do these passages reveal to me about the mission of the Father and how are we to participate in that mission?”

Let me ask three questions about this mission:

1. Are we coming near as Jesus did?

Are we coming near the city, town, community where God has placed us or are we keeping away from the people who inhabit that place. Are we getting closer to the people who need God’s peace or are we living peacefully behind the walls of our houses (or church buildings)?

Jesus was able to ride into town on a donkey becasue of the incarnation – God taking on human flesh. He was there to interact with sinful humanity and show them the way to God. Are we incarnating the place where we live?

2. Do we see the city like Jesus did?

As Jesus came near Jerusalem – he saw it. He did more than stop for a panoramic view. He studied it and what he saw broke his heart. Are our eyes open? Do we see the hurt, the pain, the loneliness around us? Do we see where God is needed? Are we looking to see where he is working so we can join him?

3. Are our eyes wet with tears like the eyes of Jesus?

Jesus cared and desired that the people come to God. Do we? Are we weeping over the city or are we ignoring the inhabitants?

Let’s spend some time this Easter season drawing near those who need God and really look for where his love and grace are needed. It just might bring a few tears to our eyes.

Grace and Peace,

Join the Conversation: What keeps us from coming near and seeing the need?

Related Posts from 7 Days Leading Up To Easter

    1. Sunday – What Kind Of Entry Was It?
    2. Monday – 12 Things Children Can Teach Us This Easter
    3. Tuesday – Seeing The Unnoticed
    4. Wednesday – The Calm Before The Storm
    5. Thursday – How Washing The Disciple’s Feet Pictures The Incarnation
    6. Friday – It’s Friday But . . .
    7. Saturday – Between The Cross And The Empty Tomb

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