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JESUS WEPT OVER JERUSALEM

 

After this "triumphal entry" on what we call ‘Palm Sunday’, Jesus went to a hillside near Jerusalem and wept. Others thought that the day had been triumphant, but Jesus knew what was about to happen. The people shouted, laughed, and were joyful. HOWEVER, Jesus wept for the hypocrisy, for the instability of mankind, for the soon-to-come deception, and for the betrayal by one of His disciples. He knew what was about to happen.


Jesus could have joined in the laughter, and shouted that the people were momentarily accepting Him as the Messiah, but He knew the soon-coming change in the seemingly wonderful conversion of the crowd.


Luke 19:41-43

"And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it. Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong to thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes..."


What things were on the mind of Jesus, that could have made Him weep on what seemed to many others to be a day of rejoicing? He said that these things and reasons that made Him weep were hidden from the eyes of those who were there. It would be wise to step into His select group of disciples, and listen to His message to them. It will reveal what was on His mind... Let's check what Matthew (the most accurate and precise recorder of Jesus' words) had to say about Jesus' message on the several days following this Palm Sunday.


Look further at the thoughts of Jesus, recorded by David prophetically, but thought by Jesus while on the cross.


Psalm 69:20 (KJV)

20 Reproach hath broken My heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.


These are the words of Jesus, given long before He said or thought them, to David, a ‘man after God’s own heart.’ David wanted to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of God, and many of his psalms show God’s revelation to him of what God, and Jesus, would be feeling at various times in the future. These words of Jesus at the crucifixion time show a ‘broken heart’ due to the ‘reproach’ that He was suffering from friend and foe.


The words ‘broken heart’ are figurative language. It is not speaking of a literal ‘heart’ that was ‘broken’. The words rather express of one who is suffering deep inside from pain and sorrow over the hurtful deeds of another. One’s life feels shattered, and hence the ‘broken’, one’s love has been rejected, hence the word ‘heart’. Even on the day of the Triumphal entry, Jesus noticed the hypocrisy of their purported joy. From ‘hosanna’ to a ‘prophet from Nazareth’, the people had quickly backed down from what looked like a spiritual revelation.


Jesus expresses that He even is brokenhearted due to mankind’s behavior and their unfaithfulness to Him. Jesus was soon again brokenhearted when He came to the night of the betrayal, the arrest, trial, crucifixion, and especially from the disciple who denied Him. God understands brokenness due to the sins of others.


Many of the things we need healed from are due to our own sins. Brokenheartedness is sometimes due only to the sins of another. God was brokenhearted, Jesus was brokenhearted, and neither of them sinned. Yet, the pain of the brokenness is real to them.


When someone is brokenhearted, they feel an inner pain that needs to be healed. The pain is real, though a doctor could never find its scar. The medicines that the world offer, do not heal the broken heart. Pills may dull the mind, calm the system, but the broken heart, when the medicines wear off, is still there. A broken heart needs a ‘healing’ only God can give, for a broken heart.


When broken in heart, some relish and cannot stop to think about it. It is constantly upon their minds. Others cannot think of it at all, and refuse to let the memory of the hurt be contemplated. Some must find outlets to express their emotions of the broken heart. Some will mourn over the hurts. Some will create ways to cope and distract from the hurt. While some will need encouragement on a constant basis, others will need to create other victims to achieve revenge. Jesus did not seek revenge, in fact, in several days, He would die for these ones who had just broken his heart.


Tears are far from uncommon when one is brokenhearted. They flow and should flow, for one is greatly hurt. God sheds tears over those who have forsaken His loving gifts. Jesus wept greatly in Gethsemane at the time Judas was betraying Him for the price of a slave. Jesus wept at Lazarus’ tomb.


Crying is not sinful, it is an emotional release that God has designed for us, and for Himself. Someone once said: ‘if someone you love hurts you, cry a river, then build a bridge, and get over it.’ Crying is often the first step in getting over it.


Since Jesus knows first hand what it feels like to have a broken heart, He can also know the steps of healing. Not all who broke the heart of Jesus, who inspired this weeping of the Lord, would ever return to Him. Healing is not dependent upon restoration of the hurting relationship. Yet, God can work on the heart of the one who is broken and hurting. He can heal that heart, no matter what the perpetrator ever does.


Someone once said, ‘God can heal a broken heart, but He needs all the pieces’. The brokenhearted need to come to Jesus, and lay out all the ‘hurting and shattered pieces’ of their lives, and let God begin to put things back together. Many times, if not most always, restoration of a relationship is not found, for God will not overrule the stubborn will of sinners, who arrogantly hurt Him, or His children. Allowing that relationship that brought so much hurt to go, is not symbolic of ‘weakness’, but it takes a holy strength to let go, and let God heal in another way. Jesus was weeping over a city that would that week reject Him, unmercifully beat Him, and put Him on a cross to die, and He had not done any sin to deserve this treatment. If He could heal from that mistreatment, so much, that He could lay down His life for them, and pray ‘forgive them, they know not what they do’, then we too can be healed in our grief.


Jesus is close with those that have broken hearts, for He knows their agony and pain. When Jesus asked ‘who do men say that I am’, one of the answers was ‘Jeremiah’, for Jeremiah was the ‘weeping prophet’. Jesus likewise was a ‘weeper’, feeling the pain of the rejection of many, the coming pain of the cross and its perpetrators. Jesus knows what ‘brokenhearted’ means, and has been ‘touched with the feelings of our infirmities.’


Hebrews 4:15-16 (KJV)

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


Therefore, the brokenhearted can find help from the Lord when they turn to Him.


Psalm 34:18 (KJV)

18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.


The Lord is ‘nigh’ to the broken of heart. He does save those who come with a humble and contrite heart to Him for such healing.


Psalm 147:3 (KJV)

3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.



Jeremiah came to God for healing, for other prophets were speaking harshly to him, and condemning him. He felt pain from that rejection, but kept faithful to speak the words that God gave him. It was heartbreaking to have all the people wanting him to cease. But he called out to God in humility and God was there to comfort him.

Jeremiah 23:9 (KJV)

9 Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.

Hosea had to continue to speak God’s words too. He had an illustrated lesson in his own life of what God was feeling due to Israel’s unfaithfulness. He felt some of what God felt, and could preach his message to the people of what God felt, due to his illustrated lesson with Gomer.


The Lord Jesus that week of the crucifixion felt the anguish of a broken heart due to the rejection of those He had ministered to for three years.


God, the Father, had sent prophet after prophet to Israel, and was watching them now reject the Savior He sent to them for their sin. In the last days,
soon, many angels will harmoniously sound the "shofars" of the Lord, and many of the remaining un-gathered Jewish people will gather. The soundings that we have spiritually heard and physically observed in these last years, is only the beginning. A great re-gathering is soon to occur.

Isaiah 27:13

"And it shall come to pass in that day that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem."

This speaks of a final re-gathering when the main purpose of the re-gathering is to worship at the temple site in Jerusalem. This has not yet occurred. The people now return to reclaim the land. Soon, they will return to reclaim their God. The physical return will soon take on a spiritual nature.

Hosea 1:11

"Then shall the children of Israel be gathered together."

Hosea spoke of a time after "many days" wherein the people would "return" and "seek the Lord their God." This spiritual re-gathering will heal the broken heart of God for their former rejection of Him.

Hosea 3:4-5

"For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without a teraphim. Afterward shall the children of Israel return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days."

The people will, at that time, be gathered from many different nations.

Ezekiel 36:24

"For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you to your own land."

Ezekiel 34:11-16

"For thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I, even I, will both search My sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in that day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be."


Jeremiah 32:37-38

"Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in Mine anger, and in My fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. And they shall be My people, and I shall be their God."


Restoration is God's main purpose in His re-gathering call. His protective care will again envelop Israel. He longs to cease the angry scattering that He has done over many centuries. Hosea prophesied much about this re-gathering. He emphasizes that facts that their will be a great number gathered, and God will reclaim them as His people.


The broken heart of God, the Father, looks forward to the re-gathering, to the restoration of fellowship. God has felt for ages, the brokenness of relationship that Jesus, in His human body, was feeling while weeping over Jerusalem.


Jesus was rejected, crucified, resurrected, and then ascended to heaven. Now we are seeing the beginning of the regathering of the nation of Israel. The purpose of God in this is to bring them again to the land of Israel, then afflict them with the plagues of the tribulation, until they repent of their rejection of the true Messiah, and accept Jesus. Soon, the affliction will grow immense.


God wants to forgive them for their rejection of Jesus. He has offered forgiveness even in Hosea's day.

Hosea 14:1-2,4

"O Israel, return unto Jehovah thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and return unto Jehovah: say unto Jehovah, 'Take away all iniquity!'...I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for Mine anger is turned away from him."


Hosea is a prophet of grace. He comes at a time before the dispersion of Israel or Judah. Yet, he offers the restoration from dispersion and iniquity. He is a prophet who came before the judgment to offer the remedy to the last generation of the judgment.


Hosea 14:9

"Who is wise that he many understand these things? prudent that he may know them? for the ways of Jehovah are right, and the just shall walk in them; but transgressors shall fall therein."


Not all, in fact few, of the ‘heartbreaking’ relationships will be restored, but a ‘remnant’ will return.



Many have broken from God, hurt Him greatly, and will never return. God will see some of the many who rejected Him, come to Him. The restoration time is now beginning.

Hosea emphasized the mercy and love of a God Who would soon judge Israel. God foreknew His soon coming judgment. Yet, He wanted His people to know, that even though judgment would come, the plan and desire of God is to mercifully re-gather those who are judged, and restore them unto Himself.

God can restore some relationships that brought heartbreak to one or both, but it does not always happen. For those that do not have restoration, He offers a different kind of healing. He offers ‘hope’, and a better future. We are told to ‘comfort’ each other with words of hope of heaven, of God’s eternal, faithful love to us.

WHAT ARE WE TO DO,

WHEN BROKENHEARTED?

 

LOOK WHAT JESUS DID... AND HOW HE DID IT

 

Hebrews 12:2-3 (KJV)

2 Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider Him Who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

 

Jesus, had a ‘joy set before Him’. He knew that this rejection, the coming death on the cross, would being ‘joy’, for sin would be defeated, death would be destroyed, and those who accept Him could have eternal life. That joy, in the thoughts of Jesus made Him able to suffer the pain of the broken heart.

 

The joy that was set before him was the redemption of all who choose to accept His work on the cross, and so Jesus could ‘endure the contradiction of sinners against Himself.

So, we too should learn how to conquer the broken heart, by the same way Jesus did. He endured, He suffered, He even wept, but the ‘joy’ in knowing that this was the Father’s will, and great good would come from Him doing the will of the Father, so He could endure the suffering. Whereas, we may often be brokenhearted in a damaging situation with humans, we now have a divine relationship with a God Who loves us tenderly and completely, and shows us joys to come.

 

Hebrews 4:15-16 (KJV)

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

God understands, has felt the same kind of pain as the brokenhearted. He has an answer, He knows how to heal.

 

Hebrews 7:25 (KJV)

25 Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 

God asks of the brokenhearted, to have ‘faith’ in Him. The brokenhearted need to realize that He will ‘reward’ those who come to Him for their healing.

 

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

There is no need for loneliness, for being in the presence of the Lord makes a difference in the life of the seeker.

 

Acts 4:13 (KJV)

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

 

God has riches of His glory, ready and prepared to give to the brokenhearted.

 

Romans 9:23 (KJV)

23 And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory,

 

Therefore, the brokenhearted should draw near to God. We can have ‘full assurance’ that He will wash us with ‘pure water’. Hold fast to this healing of your broken heart.

 

Hebrews 10:22-25 (KJV)

22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised

24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

 

We can pray for the ‘mountain’ size problem to be healed, and the Lord does answer.

 

Mark 11:22-24 (KJV)

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

 

Jesus wept over Jerusalem. He felt grief, and so do we. It is not sinful to weep, to feel a broken heart. It is normal, and yet, we must endure the pain, and look forward with joy, for that is how Jesus did it.


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