Welcome to the second week of Lent. Please take some time to listen to Wawira’s message.
Lent Devotional Week Two – Jesus Wept
Luke 19 v 38-44
When he (Jesus) came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
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. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem for the last time, he knew that his decisions would ultimately lead to his death. He knew that this ‘city of peace’ did not fully realise or appreciate His coming, nor did its people understand the message that He brought.
So often we too, fail to realise all the great things that God has given us that bring positive change. Sometimes this is because we cannot appreciate the gifts, skills, opportunities and abilities that we have been given and sometimes the price for real change seems too high.
Wawira shared her personal story with these struggles. That even in the success of Food for Education, she too has had her doubts and fears and has felt at times like she should give it up.
Being a radical follower of Jesus, Wawira shares, is to walk the journey to ultimately bring God’s peace through change. However, for us who seek to bring change, our peace may not be in seeing its fulfilment but instead is found in the promise of God’s presence with us as we walk that journey with Him.
As followers of Jesus we need to ask these questions:
- What is the change that I believe Jesus wants to see?
- What skills and abilities do I have bring that change?
- What opportunities/privilege has He given me to bring change?
- What often holds me back?
- The journey to bring change always comes at a cost, is it worth it?