“Jesus’ Final Public Sermon” pt. 3
August 20, 2017 Text: Matthew 23:37-39
Jesus’ final public sermon ends with WEEPING: vv. 37-39.
> The warning that began this sermon and the woes that emanate from that warning now culminate in a display of compassion wetted by the weeping of the Savior. Would to God that we would weep for souls as did Christ!
Jesus’ weeping begins with His DIRGE: v. 37.
The dirge is intense in its detail.
It is intense in its denunciation: who kills the prophets …
Jesus’ weeping expresses His DESIRE: v. 37. “How often I wanted to gather …”
This desire is intimate in scope: like a hen and her chicks
This desire is protective in depth: under her wings
This desire is rejected in totality: you were unwilling.
Jesus’ weeping encompasses His DECLARATION: v. 38. “Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!”
They are abandoned: your house is being left to you.
They are alone: your house is being left to you desolate.
Jesus’ weeping marks His Departure: v. 39.
Hope rejected: “from now on you will not see me …”
Hope rekindled: “from now on you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.”
- Let us strive to speak the truth boldly and deliberately yet still with the compassion of Christ.
- Let us recognize the heart of the Savior: He patiently waits.
- Let us fear the awfulness of rejecting the Savior.
- Let us rest in the hope of God who will not forsake His promises to Israel.