Posted by: missionventureministries | April 18, 2019

TAKE TIME TO REFLECT ON JESUS’ WARNINGS – Luke 13:34-35

“Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:37-38)

There is a similar verse to this one in Psalm 118:26, which is one of the great Messianic psalms. It was fulfilled, at least in a preliminary way, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a small donkey just one week before His resurrection, thereby acknowledging that He was fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy: “. . . behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly, and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).

As Jesus rode into the city, many “took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” (John 12:13). Many Christians still commemorate that occasion, which they call Palm Sunday, one week before Easter.

Unfortunately at that time most people, as well as nowadays, doubted, and soon rejected Him completely, crying out for Him to be put to death. He knew, of course, that this is what would happen, and He had already said: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem. . . See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 13:34-35).

When Jesus declares; “See! Your house is left to you desolate.” These solemn words were literally fulfilled in A.D. 70, when the Roman general Titus destroyed the city and slaughtered thousands of Jews and the nation was dispersed until 1948. As we see, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31); therefore, when God abandons a nation or an individual, that nation or person is truly left isolated!

Jesus not only issues a warning, but also a promise, that the nation would see Him again and that next time they will say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”, which is a quote from the messianic (Psalm 118:26).

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, this rejection by the Jews had a purpose from God’s view: As Paul writes in Romans 11:11-32, which in summary states that the Jews refuse to accept the Good News, so they are God’s enemies. This has happened to help the non-Jews. But the Jews are still God’s chosen people, and God loves them very much; He loves them because of the promises He made to their ancestors as we read in Isaiah 59:20-21 – “The Redeemer will come to Zion and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” Says the Lord.  “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”

God never changes His mind about the people He calls and the things He gives them. At one time you refused to obey God. But now you have received mercy, because those people refused to obey. And now the Jews refuse to obey, because God showed mercy to you. But this happened so that they also can receive mercy from God. All people have refused to obey God. God has given them all over to their stubborn ways, so that God can show mercy to all.

We need to remember, that “all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14), and that “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for all are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28), that have made Him Savior and Lord of their life.

As we see, although God has set Israel aside in judgment during the present time of the Gentiles, when this period is fulfilled, Israel will experience a great turning back to God just before the second coming of Jesus the Messiah. And at that time the prophecy of Zechariah 12:10 will be fulfilled, “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

We need to understand though, that the warning and the promise of Luke 13:35 are not only for the nation Israel, they also apply to every individual. If anyone continue in rebellion against God and rejects the Savior whom He sent, God will leave them desolate, not only in this world, but for all eternity. But if anyone will repent of their sins and trust in the Savior who willingly went to the cross in obedience to the Father to save His people from their sins, then they will know the joy of saying, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

If you will humbly turn from your evil ways, repent and ask Jesus to be your Savior and the Lord of your life, He will hear you and you will be reconciled to God for time and eternity; and you will reign with Jesus when He comes in His glory with His holy angels.

Jesus told us: “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Revelation 22:12). So let’s be ready for our Lord’s soon return and look forward to hear Him say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant…” (Matthew 25:23).

Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!

(Ephesians 1:6)

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