In the book of Luke, chapter 19, Jesus is approaching Jerusalem. This is what the Message Bible says concerning His reaction….
When the city came into view, he wept over it. “If you had only recognized this day, and everything that was good for you! But now it’s too late. In the days ahead your enemies are going to bring up their heavy artillery and surround you, pressing in from every side. They’ll smash you and your babies on the pavement. Not one stone will be left intact. All this because you didn’t recognize and welcome God’s personal visit.” (Luke 19:41-44 MSG)
There were two things that caught my attention.
1. When Jesus said, “If you had only recognized this day, and everything that was good for you!” Many people, even in today’s society, fail to recognize the goodness of God. Many still think that God is out to “get them” in a bad way for all the wrong they have done. Let me assure you, if God wanted to “get you” you would have been “gotten” by now. What He wants is to “get you” into His goodness no matter what you have or have not done. All you have to do is recognize His goodness as He shows it through His Son, Jesus Christ.
2. Jesus ended by saying, “All this because you didn’t recognize and welcome God’s personal visit.” When God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to the earth, that was His “personal visit” to us. Once again though, do we RECOGNIZE it? Do we recognize the personal visit of God’s goodness through Jesus Christ and do we RECEIVE that same goodness?
Acknowledge Jesus today! Allow His goodness to permeate every part of your life. He IS alive today. He IS in love with you today. He IS still performing miracles today. The goodness He showed to people in the Bible, He IS still showing to people today. Get in on it today and watch what HE does!!!
“For Jesus doesn’t change – yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.” (Hebrews 13:8 MSG)
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
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