devotional post # 2039
Luk 19:41 Now when Jesus came near and saw the city, he wept over it,
Luk 19:42 saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
Luk 19:43 Because the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side.
Luk 19:44 They will demolish you — you and your children within your walls — and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time when God visited you.”
For many years now, I have been fascinated by the concept of time travel, as depicted in several popular books, films, and television series. The plot of these stories usually involves a character knowing something terrible that has happened, or is going to happen, and having the means to go back in time to correct the cause of the event.
Jesus had that kind of knowledge here. He knew what Jerusalem could do that would correct its inevitable march toward war, destruction and devastation. But the inhabitants of Jerusalem did not have that peace knowledge. By their failure to recognize the presence of their God in the person of Christ, they were dooming themselves to a violent end.
We do not need a time machine to insure a peaceful and glorious future for ourselves and our children. We only need Jesus. He is the Saviour God has provided.
LORD, thank you for the gift of your Son. Because of him we can know peace today, and avoid destruction tomorrow.