READ : Luke 13:31-35
Jerusalem, Jerusalem! Your people have killed the prophets and have stoned the messengers who were sent to you. I have often wanted to gather your people, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you wouldn’t let me. (v. 34 cev)
Not having seen Grace for seven months, I anticipated hugging and playing with my 17-month-old niece. My hopes were dashed when I crawled toward her. She could not understand about my cerebral palsy and my jerky motions frightened her. Over the course of my visit I tried several times to get close, but with limited success. Try as I might she would not come into the loving arms of her uncle.
Grace’s reaction hurt me, but it also gave me a glimpse into Jesus’ heart as he sorrowed over Jerusalem. The Savior wanted everyone to accept his salvation, but the Pharisees rejected it. Just as he mourned for this city, he grieves over us every time we reject his guidance, love, and forgiveness.
Even though Grace wasn’t ready to let me hold her, I kept loving her, and I will wait for the day when she does embrace me. Jesus never forces us to accept him, but during this life the invitation is always open to accept everything he has to offer. Embrace him today.
Lord Jesus, help me to accept everything you have for me.