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COMMUNION MEDITATION (23): The Weeping Savior

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, …. how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.  – Matthew 23:37

Bread and WineMatthew 23 ends as Jesus weeps over Jerusalem, but earlier has His sternest words to its leaders.

Reading those words of condemnation, some think Jesus was angry. No, He was in tears. Read the verse above. Ask, “Could He say it without tears?”

Just Think: the strongest condemnation Jesus ever gave was through tears.

What does this say to me? Should I congratulate myself when I fault others? Or fall on my knees confessing my own sins?

Here, I am to examine myself. “It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”

I am not here to examine you or my neighbor down the street, but to examine me.

When I examine you, I am apt to say, “Aha! You don’t deserve this Table.” I doubt I can condemn through tears, as Jesus did.

When I examine myself, I fall at His cross in love and thanksgiving for His grace and favor.

Then, I have my deepest love for Him because I realize most how much I need Him.

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