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Stop Weeping for Me

September 25, 2017

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Stop Weeping for Me

As Jesus was being led away  for crucifixion,  there were those  who were mourning  for Him.     The gospels don’t give any real details  on this,  but Luke 23:27-31 describes the following:

And there were following Him  a great multitude  of the people,  and of women  who were mourning  and lamenting Him.

But Jesus turning  to them said,  “Daughters of Jerusalem,  stop weeping  for Me,  but weep  for yourselves  and for your children.     For behold,  the days are coming  when they will say,  ‘Blessed are the barren,  and the wombs  that never bore,  and the breasts  that never nursed.’     Then they will begin to say  to the mountains,  ‘Fall on us,’  and to the hills,  ‘Cover us.’

For  if they do these things  in the green tree,  what will happen  in the dry?”

Jesus always knew  that His purpose was  to die  as a payment  for all  of our sins.     He was the perfect Lamb of God,  sacrificed  to wash away  all our sins.     He knew  that His suffering and death  would lead  to His resurrection.     The depth  of His love  for each and every one of us  is so great  that He purposed  to die  so that we could be saved.

The results of His death  and resurrection  would be the confirmation  of His eternal glory  as Lord of lords,  King of kings,  and God of gods.     That is why  they did not need  to weep  for Him.     But,  Jesus wanted them  to “weep for yourselves  and for your children”.     Why?

Because we are the ones  who are always weak  and fearful,  we are the ones  with doubts  and sins  that tear us down.     We are the ones  with a lack of knowledge  and have an inability  to conceive  of the love  of God  during all our trials  in this life.

We are the ones  who lose hope.     We are the ones  who get too proud  to confess our sins  and ask for forgiveness.     And our children  are just like us.     Our grandchildren  are just like us.

So,  we do need  to weep  and pray  for ourselves  and our children.     We are so vulnerable  in this world.     Our children are so vulnerable.

As Jesus pointed out, “For  if they do these things  in the green tree,  what will happen  in the dry?”

There are many portions  of scripture  that describe how  in the end days  the hearts  of the people  will get cold  and their sins will go  from bad  to worse.     Those who demanded Jesus’ crucifixion  were horribly evil  in their hatred  and intent.     But,  Jesus is saying  that people will get  even worse.

We might not like  to think about it,  but we do see signs  of it all around.     And so,  we need  to weep  and pray  for ourselves  and our children,  that our hearts  would not get cold  and that we do not  get hardened  into our sinful ways.

Throughout the New Testament,  the new Christians were often instructed  to pray  for each other,  and many examples are given  of their prayers  and love  for one another.     We need  to let that become a part  of our lives,  so that  ”as the tree gets dry”  in these end days,  our hearts will remain strong  in faith,  hope,  and love.

As we meditate  on the love  of Jesus  for each and every one  of us,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Our Savior’s love is forever ours.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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