In Matthew 23:37-38, we see a sudden change in Jesus’ tone. There is no more anger or accusations, just grief and sadness. Jesus had spent time teaching and pointing out the sinful practices of the people and the leaders they were following. These religious leaders had transitioned from spiritual pursuits of their faith to a showy and prideful practice. Jesus truly sought to care for all of Jerusalem and point them to God, yet they continued to reject Him as they continued to claim no other King but Caesar.
They had not just rejected Jesus, but they have rejected hope, promise, and future. Jesus will soon die outside the city of Jerusalem, rejected by every level of religious and civil authority. His love for His people is in great sadness and sorrow as He sees the harm and danger that is approaching. Like a mother hen who senses danger and wants to protect her chicks from harm, so too Jesus provides us salvation from the danger of sin and provides us with a place of safety in His eternal kingdom.
The sin of pride and distrust in Jesus will keep us empty and bare, desolate as Jesus says in vs. 38. God’s tremendous love for God’s people wants nothing more than to draw His people into a motherly embrace of love.
Know Jesus mourns the rebellion in our lives, he offers us the same welcome protection under his wings. Pause and embrace His tender loving arms welcoming, receiving and embracing you.
In what ways might we allowing rebellion, stubbornness, and pride, to prevent us from experiencing the welcoming love and care of Jesus?
What would it take for you to allow the healing work of the Spirit to transform you from desolate to fruitful?
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