For hours leading up to the crucifixion, Jesus was silent. But now he speaks. As he is bloodied from the beatings and thirsty from the long walk to Golgatha, He speaks to the women who are weeping and says:
Luke 23: 28-31
“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’ 31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
He tells them:
1.) Do not weep for me. Jesus did not want them to look on him with pity. He knew the work He must accomplish on the cross.
2.) Weep for yourselves and for your children. He wanted them to weep over their own sin that was sending Him to the cross. Weep in sorrow, remorse and repentance. He wanted them to see that it was their people who shouted “crucify Him” and if their children had the same hard hearts as their forefathers, doom awaited them.
3.) He told them there would come a day when those who were childless would be considered blessed. This was such a contradicting message to the women of that day. In their culture, to be childless was a disgrace.
4.) He prophecies of a day when people will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
In Hosea 10:8 we see this same prophecy: ”The high places of wickedness will be destroyed– it is the sin of Israel. Thorns and thistles will grow up and cover their altars. Then they will say to the mountains, “Cover us!” and to the hills, “Fall on us!”
And in Revelation 6:15-17 we see the same prophecy given:
15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?
We live in a culture that emphasizes God’s love. And yes – God is love as I John 4:8 states.
But God is equally just and a God of wrath as we see in Jesus’ final words to the women.
As he bore the cross on his back out of love for the women he was dying for – he spoke to them – and He did not say – “I love you” but rather he warned them of coming judgement.
Oh it’s so uncomfortable to “warn” people of coming judgement. You know those hell, fire and brimstone preachers are unwelcome these days. The message of grace and love is trumpeted and yes – God is full of grace and love…but look again at Jesus’ final words to the women of Jerusalem.
They are not easy words.
Telling people the truth – is not always easy to speak or to receive. But I believe Jesus spoke these words to them BECAUSE He loved them! He wanted them to get a proper perspective on their weeping. That they should not look at him and weep over Him but rather weep over their own sin in their own lives.
And so I pause here…
I know dear reader – your day is SO full. Some of you have just one minute to read this blog post and then you need to get back to work, or tending to your children, or to your water boiling on the stove.
But if you would just for 15 seconds – stop–
Is there something in your life you need to repent of?
Maybe you sinned this morning already?
Or yesterday, was a hard day –you failed to trust God, or to keep your word, or you gossiped, complained or lost your temper.
Whatever it is – take these 5 seconds left before you close up this post –
Now go – and teach your children to repent also.
Walk with the King,