Jesus’ Final Public Sermon – Part 3

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“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.”

Lessons/challenges:

  1. Let us strive to speak the truth boldly and deliberately yet still with the compassion of Christ.
  2. Let us recognize the heart of the Savior: He patiently waits.
  3. Let us fear the awfulness of rejecting the Savior.
  4. Let us rest in the hope of God who will not forsake His promises to Israel.
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