Weep for yourselves and your children!

Scripture reading for April 3rd:  Luke 23

Jesus was betrayed early in the morning by Judas, who gave Him a kiss of greeting to identify Him to the soldiers. He was tried before the council of elders, the Sanhedrin, and condemned when He admitted to being the “Son of God.”  (Luke 22:70)

They then turned Him over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman magistrate.  The Jews charged Jesus saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation.  He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.”  So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”  “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.”  (Luke 23:2-3)  Jesus truthfully told the Jews and this Roman magistrate who He was.  In the end, Jesus was turned over to the Jews to be crucified by the Gentile judge.

As Jesus was being led away to be crucified, a large crowd was following Him.  Simon of Cyrene was forced to help carry His cross and wailing women’s cries filled the morning air.  “Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me; weep for yourselves and for your children.  For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that have never bore and the breasts that have never nursed!”  Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”  For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?””  (Luke 23:28-31)

Jesus warned the women who were weeping not to weep for Him.  He was innocent and had willingly taken the sentence and punishment as a part of God’s plan to save mankind.  Those who kept their guilt without repentance, would be without hope when judgment comes!  Where do you stand with Jesus?

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