Carol is reading Billy Graham’s autobiography, “Just As I Am”. As I looked at the book cover this morning I thought, ‘what a great title’. Of course, it comes from the hymn that was used during the altar calls at every crusade that he conducted. Carol and I began to sing it again remembering the rest of that verse: “…and that thou bidst me come to thee, O, Lamb of God, I come, I come.”
“Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:41-44 (NKJV)
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Matt 23:37-39 (NKJV)
Jesus was calling Jerusalem then, He is still calling. He is calling you. He is calling His Church. He is calling national leaders. He is calling nations. He is calling denominations. He is calling industry and business people. He is calling entertainers and sports figures. He is calling the press. He is calling young and old. He is calling.
As Jesus wept over Jerusalem’s failure to respond to God’s multiple initiatives of blessing in their direction He stressed the dire consequences of missing their day of visitation. God’s plan was to bring them peace, not just some ethereal concept but genuine promise-kept covenantal peace.