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If Only They Knew

Picture Jesus Christ the Nazarene as He comes upon the mountain of Jerusalem. “And when as He approached He saw the city, He wept (audibly) over it” (Luke 19:41). He said, “Oh, if Jerusalem only knew the peace that belonged to her”.

Luke 19:42 says, “Exclaiming, Would that you had known personally, even at least in this your day, the things that make for peace (for freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin and upon which your peace, that is, your security, safety, prosperity and happiness depends)! But now they are hidden from your eyes” (Amplified). What would it be like to hear Jesus Christ, who was God in human form, audibly weep? John 11:35 says, “Jesus wept.” The Greek word here is dakruo. His physical body shook because He wept so deeply. Matthew 23:37 says, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killeth the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

Imagine somebody wanting to love you , forgive any wrong you have done and then give you a gift of eternal life. The only condition placed on you is to receive the gift, but you refuse. When you multiply that with the millions of people who were created by God, but who reject Him, it is no wonder that Jesus wept audibly over Jerusalem and was so overwhelmingly burdened for the lost.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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