Luke 13:34 Weeping For The Lost

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“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. Luke 13:34

Jesus had been told by some of the Pharisees to leave Jerusalem, they did want any part of Him. He, then, wept for the city, longing to gather them up and care for them. Even though they did not want Him there, Jesus continued His mission, knowing they would crucify Him.

When people are treated badly by someone or a group, they usually will leave that person and move on to someone else. People know when they are not welcome and do not want to stick around. Very few people are willing to be hated and hurt by someone else continually.

Looking at things as the world does, it makes sense to move on, to forget the person or people you are trying to reach.

This type of attitude is also common among Christians. A believer is treated badly by someone and so they leave that person on his own. They no longer reach out to that person because of the pain being inflicted.

Jesus went to Jerusalem, knowing that they hated Him as a whole. He also knew that they would kill Him the next time He went into Jerusalem. Yet, His hearts desire was to take all of the people of the city under His arm and show them love and care.

His love was greater for them, than their hate was for Him. Jesus knew that He had something that was worth everything to give them. He wanted to give them life, abundant life, despite their not wanting it. Since they did not want what He had for them, Jesus wept over them. He shared His heart’s desire to be with them.

There may be someone or a group of people who treat you badly. Although it is easy to just walk away, it may be that God wants you to continue to reach out to them with His love and compassion.

God wants everyone to know the gospel message and be saved. You may be the only one to reach out to that person. Weep before God for their lost souls and continue to reach out to them. Do not give up on them right away.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the lost around you; that you will have God’s compassion for the lost; that you will not fear persecution, but trust in God; and that you spread the gospel message to all you meet.

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Acts 2:40 Pleading With Others

“With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Acts 2:40

Right after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and other people in the upper room, things started to happen. Those that received the Holy Spirit started telling others about Jesus. Peter gets some extreme boldness to tell the people about Jesus. He points out that it was the people who killed Jesus, but it was God’s will that it should happen. He also points out that Jesus rose from the dead. In this verse it states that he kept on pleading with the people to be saved.

Peter saw the people as lost and heading to hell. He also saw them with the eyes and heart of God. He did not want any of them to be lost for eternity in hell.

Very often believers will, if they witness at all, will only tell others about Jesus a little bit. It will be mentioned only in passing.

Although there is nothing wrong in this, there does not seem to be any urgency in getting saved. The importance of being saved is not really presented.

No person knows how long he will live or how long someone else may live. Doctors cannot even get diagnosis right on patients with a deadly illness. All any person has is today, right now. There is no guarantee of the next moment.

Every believer must keep this in mind. When you have a chance to tell someone else about Jesus, look at it as though it may be that person’s last chance to be saved on this earth.

When Peter talked with the people he was pleading with them. This was almost to the point of begging the people to be saved. He used many more words than what was recorded to encourage them to be saved.

Are you willing to tell others about Jesus? Do you see them as lost and heading straight to hell? Do you realize you know the solution for them? How much are you going to tell them?

I pray today that you will see the lost as Jesus does; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will be filled with the boldness of Jesus to tell others about Him; that you will plead with others to be saved; and that Jesus will draw many to Him through you.

Luke 15:21 True Remorse

“The son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” Luke 15:21

Jesus was telling the parable about a son who went against his father’s desires and started living a wild life. He chose to move away from home and just party. After everything came crashing down on him and failed, he decided to go back to his father.

His words to his father were ones of great humility and remorse. He knew he messed up badly and was now unworthy of any type of love from his father.

People often state that they are sorry for something wrong they did once they are caught. Very few people come up and admit doing wrong before being caught. This goes for both believers and non-believers. Most people hope to never get caught for the wrong that they did.

Once they get caught and repent of the wrong, it is usually more of a being sorry at being caught, not for what was done wrong.

The boy in the story realized he messed up so bad that his father would have the right to disown him entirely. Yet, the father showed great love to him and accepted him back.

As a believer that is human, every person makes mistakes and sins against God at times. Every time you sin, you must look at that sin as so great that God has the right to disown you and punish you. Do not think of the sin as some little thing, it carries the punishment of a death sentence.

Repent of the sin with the mind that God hates that sin. Know that you do not deserve anything from God. This is true remorse for the sin.

Just like the father in the story, God will open His arms and accept you back with great love. God wants to forgive you. God wants to love you and have a relationship with you.

I pray today that you will turn to God and away from sin; that you will repent of every sin; that you will know the love and forgiveness God has for you; and that you will give your life to serve God.

Revelation 22:20 Come Soon

“He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20

John finishes the vision he has of heaven and the future with Jesus stating that He is coming soon. This will mean different things to different people.

The world will look at that statement and ask when will Jesus come. It has been nearly 2,000 years since this statement was made and He has not come back yet. According to the world, if He has not come back yet, He will not be returning.

Why would anyone wait over 2,000 years to return when he said it would be soon? God is patient. He loves every person in the world and wants every person to be saved. God does not want to punish anyone. For God, time does not mean much. He is outside of time. This makes it possible for Him to say soon, while waiting for more to be saved.

God is also merciful. He knows that when Jesus returns there is no more hope for salvation…either you are saved or you are lost forever. Jesus wants to give everyone a chance to come to Him.

Others in the world will also look at this statement and have fear. In their heart they may know the truth and reality of who Jesus is, but they do not want to accept it. The devil is trying to fight the idea that Jesus will return. It will mean destruction and loss of the battle forever.

As the Apostle Paul was torn with the thought of going to heaven to be with Jesus and stay on the earth to reach out to more people, every believer should feel this way. Every believer must be torn with wanting to be with Jesus and wanting to reach out to more people.

Look around you and see all the lost and hurting people who do not know Jesus. You are the one to be the witness to them. Yes, Jesus is coming soon. Keep that in the front of your mind. Now go out and let those in the world know about Jesus and the salvation He provides.

Do not allow, to the best of your ability, for another person to pass you by who has not heard about the salvation Jesus provides. Bring as many people with you into heaven as you can. Do not hog all of heaven and its blessings to yourself…share it. Salvation is for every person. Then, look forward to the return of Jesus.

I pray that today God will give you peace of mind that He is in control; that God will open your eyes to the lost around you; that God will give you the words to speak as a testimony to the lost; that as you look forward to the return of Jesus you will continue to work at building His kingdom; and that you will keep your eyes open for the return of Jesus.