Friday, 20 March 2020
Luke 13:34 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 would not!
Jesus laments that the Jerusalem of His day - acting as a symbol for the religious organisation and leadership over the preceeding centuries - had consistently rejected prophets and emissaries sent to the nation by God.
Where do we stand today? Firstly, of course, there is the matter of the leaders of Judaism today, who continue to reject Jesus and have tilted the playing field so that it has become icnreasingly difficult for the Jewish people to see and recognise Jesus for who He is. Sadly, the church is complicit in this offence due to centuries of anti-Semitism and replacement theology that now render the gospel almost impossible to hear with Jewish ears. We should pray for these barriers to be broken down: both the for the rabbinate to repent and turn to God in earnest, but for a dramatic overhaul of the gospel to resituate Jesus in His Jewish context so that the Jewish people can recognise Him as one of their own and embrace Him as the Jewish Messiah that He most surely is (and always has been).
Secondly, there is the matter of the Christian church, who frequently refuses proophets and emissaries who would call the church back to a true faith in Jesus and a practice and lifestyle that reflect the gospel message that they say they proclaim.
Clearly there is much work to be done before Jesus returns. He still longs to gather His people together, but you only have to look around the world to see how fractured and belligerent we still are. What can we do today to reverse that trend, welcome His prophets and speed His return?