These were the final words of our Lord before he left this world to sit at the right hand of our Father in Heaven. Wounded greatly by the accusations and betrayal of his own brethren and friends, Crucified by his own fellowmen, Christ never for once lost hope on mankind but continued his tale of love and compassion to those that believed in Him. The gospel of St Luke 19:41 reveals the Lord Jesus lamenting for the city of Jerusalem.
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.”
Ezekiel 16:1-12 further talks about God’s love for Jerusalem
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry and birth were in the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised. ‘Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, Live! I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew and developed and entered puberty. Your breasts had formed and your hair had grown, yet you were stark naked. Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your naked body. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign Lord, and you became mine. I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you. I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put sandals of fine leather on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments. I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck and I put a ring on your nose, pendants in your ears, and a glorious diadem upon your head.
The echo of Christ’s love today reaches out not only to the city of Jerusalem but beyond even to the very ends of the world including the races of all gentiles. His love for humanity remains unshaken through the ages. His commandment and task of outreach was entrusted to his chosen disciples to continue this work of healing and grace across the world. I John 3:8 declares
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
This morning this call and commandment for outreach has been given to us – every born again believer and those that are truly redeemed by the blood of the Holy Lamb. In Mathew 9:35-38 we find the need for willing labourers/Followers.
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
May we all submit ourselves this morning to the Lords cry for salvation across the nations and be used mightily for His Glory.