Why Not End It Already?: What Jesus’ Tears over Jerusalem Teach Us About The End Times

Posted: March 21, 2015 in Gospel of Luke
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Luke 13:31-35 — Today, we hear so much talk about the end times among Christians and even among non-Christians. Many out there believe the end time has come because the world has become so crappy. The end must be near because the world seems to be spiraling into a godlessness that we have never seen since Noah’s Flood. The end has to be near. Things seems so bad. But yet, we as a nation and as a planet seem to drifting farther and farther away from God. We reject our Creator in the name of enlightened reason and Jesus weeps as a mother weeps for her lost child.

I was sitting on a plane yesterday, working on my laptop trying to get some of my daily duties as the head finance guy for my company done. I sat listening to this conversation between two apparently learned men (probably professors) talk about their “faith”. I put their faith in quotes because in all their talk about other people not getting it, and about political things vs. faith, not once in all that high browed conversation did I ever hear the name of Jesus. How can you have such a long-winded conversation about faith and never mention the name of Jesus not even once. There was a lot about “i” and “me” but nothing of Jesus. We reject Jesus often in the name of our self worship that we call, mistakenly, our faith. When there is no mention of Jesus when talking of our faith, when it is all about us, we have rejected Jesus who weeps for us to come to Him. Jesus weeps over our missing the point altogether.

Here we see Jesus gazing upon Jerusalem knowing that in about 40 years hence that she will be completely and utterly destroyed by the Romans (when they finally had grown tired of all the political unrest and revolution in Israel). He knows that they are headed for destruction and he wanted to gather them together like a mother gathers children around her legs when there is danger near. Yet Jerusalem as the symbol of the center of all that is sacred to God’s people has rejected Him and all the prophets who pointed to Him. Jesus weeps over our inability to recognize who He is.

What does the end times and me sitting on the plane and Jesus weeping over Jerusalem have to do with each other. Why do you think that the end have not yet come? In our free will, we have certainly screwed this planet up good enough for Him to say “Game Over” In our free will, we have wandered so far from God that the end times would seem the easiest way to clean up the mess. Jesus says, in the final part of the last verse of this passage, “And you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!'” God could call all this quits right now and no one would blame Him. However, He delays. Why does He delay? The Apostle John at the end of Revelation pleads for Jesus to come quickly. Why doesn’t come. Because Jesus weeps. Even though we have rejected Him, He wants us to come to Him and see Him as who He is, the Son of God, Creator, Lord of the Universe, Savior, Master, Messiah.

The world has not yet come to an end because we are being given time through Jesus’ tears for us. We are being given time to evangelize the world. We are being given time to speak of a Savior to a lost world. The end will come one day. The Israelites thought Jerusalem would last forever. But it was destroyed completely in 70AD by the Romans who left no buildings standing. Everything was reduced to rubble. Jesus can return at any moment to end the world as it is now and it will be too late. Jesus weeps for us to come to Him. Jesus chooses us to be His witnesses until He returns. The end has not yet come because God is giving man ever opportunity to come to Him. It is our job as Christ followers to be weeping with Jesus and praying that we can witness to one more person. We should be weeping with Jesus and praying that we can show one more person the way to the cross. We must have the evangelical urgency as if Jesus were actually coming back tomorrow. May we pray that all men really come to know Jesus and so that they will mention His name as often as possible in conversations. May we pray at we still have time to take Jesus’ name to the world.

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