Jesus was weeping
28And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem. 29And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, 30Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. 31And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
32And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them. 33And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt? 34And they said, The Lord hath need of him. 35And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
36And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. 37And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; 38Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
41And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. 43For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Let us remember, this morning, a familiar story from the Bible. It began early Sunday morning (Psalm Sunday, we call it today) as Jesus was walking toward Jerusalem. He stops for a moment and sends two of His disciples into a nearby village to carry out a special errand, to get a colt.
Kings road into towns on colts to symbolize coming peace. For the crowds lining the road that day, Jesus riding a colt into the city was a public declaration that He was the promised King, but He wasn’t acting like that for them, they wanted Him to take over.
How would the people respond?
Some of them would greet Him with laughter
They would be amused by what Jesus was doing
A carpenter’s son proclaiming Himself king
Others would greet Him with anger
Upset that His riding into the city on a colt could be interpreted as arrogant
Jesus rides toward the gate of the city
Excitement prevailed throughout the whole city!
Jesus had just raised Lazarus
The miracles of Jesus were widely known by now
There were those who loved Him
The man who had received his sight there
The reformed corrupt tax collector might have been there
The leapers could have been there
There were those who hated Him
The Pharisees were there
They were skeptical at best
Waiting for Him to say one wrong word
The Roman solders were there
They were ready for Him to try to overthrow them
Suddenly the whole procession stopped
Jesus brought the whole procession to a sudden stop
The apostles see Jesus’ body begin to shake
He wasn’t laughing, was crying
The scriptures say repeatedly that “…He had compassion on them.”
Only two times does the scriptures specifically say He was crying
Once at Lazarus’ grave
Now in the midst of the crowd
Why was Jesus crying?
41And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. 43For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. – Luke 19:41-44
The people of the crowd had eyes, but they didn’t see. They had ears, but they didn’t hear. They missed the whole point of the message that God had given to them.
Just like the city of Jerusalem,
our modern word is in the presence of Jesus.
What does Jesus see when He looks at us?