“Jesus Wept.” (John 11:35). And, Jesus also prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (John 23:34). Jesus wept, and Jesus prayed for us… Did He weep because the ‘wages of sin is death’ but did He also weep because ‘the gift of God is eternal life through Him’, (Rom. 6:23), and no-one fully understands? HE is the Resurrection and the life, but did He weep because we live our lives as if we don’t know? I’m thankful for His forgiveness.
To ‘Believe’ means so much to God. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16).
Can we ever fully understand God and His love? Does Jesus weep because we just don’t understand. I think of how Paul the Apostle prayed when he said, “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,”(Eph 3:14,15), and I think, “Certainly, our ‘family in heaven’ has clear understanding of all that God is, but here on earth, the ‘whole family’ only “knows in part”. (1Cor. 13:9).We just don’t see Jesus clearly,
“But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.”(1 Cor. 13:10). The day will come when we will see! We will understand fully because He is the perfect One and He will make ‘the crooked places straight, and the rough places smooth;’ (Is. 40:4). All that we erred in, and all that was ‘in part will be done away!’ Yes, we will see Him ‘face to face’ (1 Corinthians 13:12), and that which is ‘in part will be done away!’ What a glorious day that will be!
But for now…we follow Him, even if now we ‘see in a mirror dimly’, but we can hear Him clearly if we’re listening to His voice. The Shepherd calls, “Today, today!”It’s an open invitation, “If anyone desires to come after Me,…”(Matthew 16:24). This is for ‘anyone’! Anyone who desires to be closer to the Creator of the Universe, the Lover of our souls, the One who is able to accomplish what concerns us, the Living Water, the Bread of Life, the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star, the Good Shepherd , who is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9). He calls, “Today, today!”
Is there a turn around, eyes to behold and ears to hear, TODAY? “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Is. 53:6). “The wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God IS eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Rom. 6:23).Didn’t He say, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, pick up his cross and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24). IS THIS why Jesus is “A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief? (Is. 53:3) Because “we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” But what is our response, today?
O that our hearts would break, that we would turn our faces to Him instead of going our own way. That we would cry these words of C.H. Spurgeon: “My God and Father! while I stray Far from my home, in life’s rough way, Oh! teach me from my heart to say, “Thy will be done!” “Thy will be done!” If thou shouldst call me to resign What most I prize – it ne’er was mine; I only yield thee what was thine; “Thy will be done!”
May these words of the old 1772 Hymn be the thoughts of our heart, today:“O for a closer walk with God, A calm and heavenly frame, A light to shine upon the road that leads me to the Lamb! 2. Where is the blessedness I knew, When first I saw the Lord? Where is the soul refreshing view Of Jesus and His Word? 3. What peaceful hours I once enjoyed! How sweet their memory still! But they have left an aching void The world can never fill. 4. Return, O holy Dove, return, Sweet messenger of rest! I hate the sins that made Thee mourn, And drove Thee from my breast. 5. The dearest idol I have known, What e’er that idol be, Help me to tear it from Thy throne, And worship only Thee. 6.So shall my walk be close with God, Calm and serene my frame; So purer light shall mark the road That leads me to the Lamb.” (O For a Closer Walk with God, William Cowper).