Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Things that Make for Peace

Luke 19:41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” 
The Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem was full of so many emotions: the joy of His followers along the hillside, the anger of the leaders jealous of His popularity, and the grief of a Savior who realized most were not receiving Him. This is one of Jesus' most clear-cut statements. Like all of us, the true deep longing of our hearts is for peace - within ourselves and between us and others. Here was their golden opportunity - and they were missing it all together. When I have been asked the hardest thing in ministry, my answer is immediate: It breaks my heart when people are offered the change they need in Christ, and refuse it. May we accept everything Christ offers that makes for peace. 

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