“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…’ “
Luke 19:41, NIV
We are all passionate about certain things. What is your passion? People? Sports cars? Cooking? Art? There are many passions. As Christians, it is okay to be passionate about sports, reading, boating…you name it. But the most important passion should be what God’s passion is.
In Luke 19, we see Jesus arriving in Jerusalem during the time of Passover. It was a triumphal entry. People lined the streets in a parade-type atmosphere. Everyone gets excited about a parade, fireworks or a celebration. No doubt many who cheered Jesus had ulterior motives. Some were there to see the healer, the one who raised the dead. Some, no doubt, hoped He might do a miracle, maybe even in their life. While everyone had an “Agenda,” Jesus had a “Mission.” His passion was for the people of Israel who were missing God in their lives. While everyone partied and cheered, Jesus wept. It was not just a tear! It was a gut wrenching weeping. He loved the nation of Israel even though they turned their back on their Messiah and would ultimately crucify Him.
His passion was so great it led Him to Calvary to be crucified for the sins of the world. What is our passion? Do we weep over those who live in our neighborhood, those we work with side by side, and our family who are without Christ? Surveys have shown about fifty percent of all unchurched persons would attend church if someone invited them.
QUESTION: What is your passion? Is your passion the same as Christ’s? When was the last time you wept for someone you love who is without Christ? What will you do to share Jesus’ love with them?