“Recognizing God’s Moment” ( Luke 19 : 41 – 42, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“When [Jesus] comes within sight of the city [Jerusalem], He weeps over it and says, “If only you knew, on this great day, the way that leads to peace! But no; it is hidden from your sight.”

 

He says, “You do not recognize God’s moment when it comes.” (Luke 19:44)

 

Jesus weeps over those who do not see; those who do not recognize “God’s moment.” Jesus prays for those who crucify Him, saying to His Father: “Forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) He says to the criminal dying beside Him on Calvary, “I tell you this: today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43) To the other who taunts “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself, and us;” we can only assume Jesus weeps for this man in the same manner He weeps for those who drive the nails, and wield the lash. Jesus weeps for us, for all of us. Every human being who ever lives on this earth shares in the crucifixion of Jesus.

Some of us, however, recognize “God’s moment.” Some of us know “the way that leads to peace.” We acknowledge “[that] great day.”

Like the criminal on the cross next to Jesus, we cry: “Jesus, remember me when You come to Your throne.” (Luke 23:42) And Jesus kindly tells us, “I tell you the truth.”

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