O Jerusalem!

Matthew 23:36-39. “Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto  you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.”

There must have been such pathos in His voice, on His face, as He mourned over the Holy City that had killed the prophets and would soon kill Him! He spoke to them in language they understood, because the Rabbis spoke of Messiah under the name of the Shekinah, and declared that Israel would be gathered under the wings of the Shekinah, where they would find rest and blessing.

But not yet. The religious leaders had rejected the Shekinah, Who was now in their midst, and the people would soon follow suit as their cries of “Crucify Him!” rang through the city streets.  The crowd that sang Hosannas as He entered the city would turn into a lynch mob that hurled curses at Him as He carried His cross outside the city. The city, He said, would not see Him again until the time that they returned to Him  As soon as He said those final words of doom, He turned and walked away from the temple.

The good news here is that there will indeed come a time when they shall say, “Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!”  This is the promise of His second coming, and when He comes He will find a believing remnant of  faithful Jews. Then the Shekinah glory will spread over Jerusalem, and Israel, and He that scattered Israel will gather them from all the corners of the earth.


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