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.”


  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.