Summary: Jesus wept because people rejected truth for ignorance, peace for conflict, and life for death.
INTRO.: Tell story of triumphal entry. Matt. 21"1-14. This took great courage. Jesus could have entered the city quietly. It’s estimated there may have been 2.5 million people in the city for the Passover. He could have slipped in unnoticed in such a crowd. Instead, He chose a way that would focus attention on Him. Why?
He entered the city like royalty. He was making a statement. He is the king promised by Zechariah (9:9).
This is love’s last appeal. “Accept me now as your king. Avoid much suffering and sorrow.” He knew they would not.
From the slopes of the Mount of Olives, He saw a panoramic view of the city laid out before Him. He stopped there for a moment to weep because of the rejection He knew was coming. He wept, not for Himself, but for the people of God. They were headed for destruction.
They rejected truth for ignorance, peace for conflict, life for death.
I. He cried because people rejected truth, chose ignorance:
A. This procession was a claim of Messiahship. He is telling them He is the Savior they have waited for.
1. He is acting out His message like OT prophets sometimes did.
2. Rides a donkey rather than a charger because He is King of peace, not a conquering general.
3. Crowds thronged His path, but He knew they would soon shout “crucify Him.”
B. They were “in the dark” and He came to bring light:
1. He was like a light shining in the dark.
2. But, He was not like the Messiah they were expecting.
3. Like turning on a light in a dark room, the light hurt so they shut their eyes.
4. They chose not to know the truth of God.
2. Many don’t give up the works of darkness. The light hurts.
3. Jesus weeps when we choose to remain ignorant of God and His will.
II. He cried because people rejected peace and chose war.
A. They hoped Jesus would recruit an army and free them from political oppression.
1. Jerusalem was a city divided religiously, politically.
2. They were dominated by foreigners
3. They were traveling toward destruction in 70 AD.
4. Most of the people were ready for war. This city and nation were ticking bombs.
B. This is the way of the world. We are always in conflict.
1. Men fight against God and each other.
2. This conflict always tends toward self-destruction. We know this but we wage war anyway.
C. Let’s choose the peace only Jesus has to offer:
1. Not what the world calls peace, an armed truce, but inner contentment and security
2. He brought peace through the cross. Peace with men and God. Eph. 2:14-19
3. “the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;” Rom 8:6. His Spirit gives peace.
4. Several NT epistles begin with “grace and peace to you.” It is available through Christ.
III. He cried because they rejected life and chose death: