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.” (Luke 19:41-44)
The 40 Days of Discipline journey is partially driven by a realization that we live in a microwave age where many expect quick favorable outcomes without much sacrifice. While our salvation is absolutely free and requires no work on our part, spiritual growth requires discipline. Thank you for staying with us on this journey to make the Disciplines a part of our daily lives. We now consider the special week of Christ’s Passion (or suffering).
Throughout our journey this year we have observed how Jesus serves as the perfect example in living the Disciplines. During this final week we will continue to focus on Jesus. In doing so, we will observe how Jesus related to five audiences: 1) His countrymen, 2) the religious establishment, 3) His disciples, 4) His father, and 5) the world. We will refer to the Disciplines where relevant, but our primary focus will be on Jesus and his amazing sacrifice for us.
Today we examine how Jesus related to his countrymen. Directly after Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, a powerful and touching story is told in the passage above. Please read the passage and answer the questions below.
- Despite having experienced shouts of hosanna, Jesus knew that His own people had rejected him. What does the passage tell you about the heart of Jesus?
- What can you apply in your acts of service from your observation of Jesus?