For those of us who are willing to do so many other things in our lives, with our bucket lists and our try-anything-once YOLO attitude, what would stop us from exploring the love and care and sacrifice of Jesus for us? Do you know that he longs for your relationship?
34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
Jesus was reflecting upon the city of God and his desire to gather them as chicks under the wings of a hen. Do you know that Jesus loves you that much? God cares for each of us so much that he gave his son for us. Jesus came to the earth and lived a life in which he was persecuted by the leaders of Jerusalem. Still, he loved Jerusalem and mourned that he was rejected.
They were not willing to be gathered unto him. You were not willing, Jesus said. Not willing.
Are you willing? Jesus won’t force himself on us if we are unwilling. He will long for you and mourn for you when you reject him, yet he won’t force himself upon you. If you are not willing, he will 100% respect your decision and leave you to yourself.
Just know that he is there. He is waiting. And Jesus will continue to long for you and desire to gather you under his wings your whole life.
And so for those of us who are willing to do so many other things in our lives, with our bucket lists and our try-anything-once YOLO attitude, what would stop us from exploring the love and care and sacrifice of Jesus for us?
Jerusalem, and my city, and your city, what are we waiting for?