Jesus and Jerusalem

Rarely did Jesus set foot in Jerusalem, so perhaps we can assume that he didn’t care much for the big city. He had grown up in a small town and spent most of his life in Nazareth. During his ministry, he hiked the hills of Galilee, Judea, Perea, and Samaria.

 

Jerusalem, of course, was the hub of national political, religious, cultural, and social life. It also served as the focal point of the Roman occupation. Religion and politics constantly erupted into furious conflicts in Jerusalem.

During his early Judean ministry, Jesus cleansed the temple in Jerusalem and granted Nicodemus a nighttime interview (John 2:12-3:21). Two years later he returned and offered himself as the water of life during the Feast of Tabernacles. lie encountered trouble with the Pharisees, healed a blind and said he was the good shepherd. Then he withdrew. En route back to Jerusalem, he healed a blind man near

En route back to Jerusalem, he healed a blind man near Jericho and brought salvation to Zacchaeus (Luke 18:35-19: He made his headquarters in Bethany, from where he entered Jerusalem to the wild acclamations of the cr With loud voices they broke into shouts because they had seen his mighty works, for which they praised God. collective enthusiasm reflected heightened Messianic throughout Israel (19:28-38). Jesus had said that his and his works gave ample evidence that he had come to God (John 14:8-11). Voicing the hopes of Psalms 113-18, these people the city and pilgrims from Galilee accepted Jesus as envoy. When the Pharisees tried to rain on their praise Jesus rebuked them and said the stones could praise necessary (Luke 19:39-40).

Voicing the hopes of Psalms 113-18, these people the city and pilgrims from Galilee accepted Jesus as envoy. When the Pharisees tried to rain on their praise Jesus rebuked them and said the stones could praise necessary (Luke 19:39-40).Later the sight of Jerusalem caused Jesus to

Later the sight of Jerusalem caused Jesus to weep,(vv. 41-42). He had shed silent tears at the grave of Lazarus. Here the word means loud wailing and sobbing, like the weeping of the widow of Nain and the mourners in the house of Jairus. Jesus was profoundly affected by what could have been. Because the city failed to grasp what God was doing in the person of Jesus, it would suffer horrendous destruction in AD 70. For the second

For the second time, Jesus drove merchants and money changers from the temple (vv. 45-46). He continued to teach every day with such effectiveness that the people all hung on his words. This drove the religious leaders of various parties together, along with the civic leaders, determined to throttle him.

Jesus, the God-man, fully merited Jerusalem’s praise, and the city fully deserved his judgment. Nevertheless, it hurts us to see him weeping so profusely because of the city’s spiritual blindness. How remarkable and challenging is this combination of attributes in our Savior!

This Excerpt is taken from the book: 10 Minutes a Day With Jesus. For more information about the book : Click Me!!!

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