O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’” – Luke 13:34-35
Why is the Bible filled with story after story of God’s people rejecting the very messengers God has sent them?
On Sunday we heard of Jeremiah (26:11) being threatened with death by God’s people because he spoke God’s Word of repentance and judgement to them. We also heard St. Paul speak of “enemies of the cross” (Philippians 3:18) within the church, some of whom end up persecuting him. Then Jesus is told that Herod wants him killed. Later on, it is God’s own people who make it possible for Jesus to be finally executed on the cross.
In spite of this ongoing reality in the church today, God continues to send messengers who point to Christ, the One who hanging on the cross said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
Forgiveness hangs over God’s church wherever the cross of Christ is lifted up, but many still live in forsakeness because they refuse to see Christ in the person sent to them.
Jesus said, And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
May God grant us open eyes to see Christ in His messengers of Word and Sacrament.
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– Pastor Tim