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Cheers & Tears
By Pastor John

Luke 19:37-44
37 When he 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: 38 "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" 39    Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" 40 "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." 41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 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. 43 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. 44 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."

Cheers - people thought Jesus would deliver them from their Roman rulers. Jesus had demonstrated two very important abilities. 
1.    He had fed thousands from one little lunch.
2.    He had raised Lazarus from the dead.

Tears - Jesus is weeping over Jerusalem.  (We never see Jesus laughing in the Bible, but we do see Him weeping.)

Jesus had come to save them, but not from the Romans.  He had come to save them from sin.

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 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.

Matthew 23:37-38
37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate.

Back to Luke 19
43 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. 44 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."

The Romans would completely destroy the city and kill hundreds of thousands in AD 70.

How would Jesus look upon our community?  Would He shed tears. There are thousands who do not know Him as Savior. 
Jesus said, 'My house will be a house of prayer' We must weep with Jesus for the lost, pray for them, witness to them, and love them. 


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