This week in our Rooted, we’ll take a little detour. It’s Tuesday of Holy Week, and each day this week, we’ll be reading about what happened that day, leading up to the cross. We’ll journey together, and in this week, as we understand better what happened, we’ll understand better the pain of the cross, but also the mystery and the power of Easter.
Today is Holy Tuesday. This is a day where Jesus spent teaching and confronting the religious leaders. Matthew 22-24 shares a lot of these teachings, but I wanted to focus on one of the more powerful parts of this passage, Matthew 23: 37-38. This is Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem:
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you, desolate.
This passage to me is one of the more painful passages in all the Bible. Jesus has just confronted the Pharisees over how they have kept so many away from God. He has come to them because He loves them. He loves them so much.
We think sometimes that Jesus was against the Pharisees. He was not. He loved them. He loved them as much as He loved anyone in all of creation. He loved them as much as the disciples. As much as Mary. As much as anyone.
That’s why this passage is so powerful and sad to me. He loved them so. But they refused to be loved. Jesus called and they pushed away. Jesus reached out, and they pushed Him away. He desired to know them, and they were not willing.
So know Jesus finds Himself here, overlooking Jerusalem, with a broken heart. He knows what is to come. He knows how badly they needed His love and how badly He wanted to give it. And they would not receive.
His heart is broken in this passage. And it is heartbreaking to me.
So, the question for us today is this. How often does Jesus reach out to us and we turn Him away? How often does He desire to draw us close, and we push Him away?
How often do our actions break His heart the way that they broke His?
Today, may we understand how our hard hearts break the heart of our Savior.
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