April 14, 2019
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives,the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
(Luke 19:37-44, NIV)
How often do we miss the God-moments in our lives? When Jesus shows up, it can be easy not to recognize him. This is exactly what happened to God’s chosen people on Palm Sunday. While some did recognize him as their Messiah, many did not.
As the disciples were celebrating Jesus, we see, in contrast, the sorrow of Jesus as He looks at the city. He says that destruction is coming because they do not recognize the time of God coming to them.
For years, the prophets had written of his coming, and the religious leaders had preached about it. His coming had been prophesied, but Luke 19:44 says it all: “…you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
What a tragedy to have God so close and our hearts so far. The one they had been waiting for was right there, and they did not recognize Him. That broke His heart. They were so caught up in their religious rules and activities that they missed the opportunity for real relationship with Jesus.
Let us be a people who recognize God, who see Him at work, and who see Jesus and recognize Him when He’s coming to us.
Let’s pray that we would recognize Jesus in our everyday moments. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see Him, and that we would not miss the God-moments in your life.