Sun, Apr 12, 2020
As holy week begins, on this sacred Palm Sunday, the pastor takes his text from Luke 19: 41-42, reminding us of the intense love Jesus has for his people. In sharp contrast to the clamorous celebration as he entered the city, Jesus is overcome with sorrow because the people were unaware. He wept foreseeing the suffering to come.
Because Jesus comes near, our pain and broken hearts are palatable to him. He feels what we feel because he is so full of compassion and he cares about us. We can be comforted knowing that he is always with us, and he is concerned about our struggles. Although we are currently practicing social distancing, let your tears flow not just for ourselves, but for others as well.
The Lord also sees our plight. Don’t you know he is aware of this current crisis? He is not turning away from us. He sees us teetering on the brink, trying to deal with this frightening, tragic pandemic, this new normal. His tears flow with ours because he sees the excruciating pain, the devastating losses and the mounting hardship.
Still, let us thank God for the good news. Not only does Jesus weep because he is near and he sees our struggles, he is the ultimate authority. He was over the city of Jerusalem, and even now he is over all of us. Though a compassionless leader does not weep with his nation, we know that sweet Jesus is crying and watching over us. In that we can be confident, and we can be hopeful. And we can rejoice, every now and then.
Duration:25 mins 2 secs