The Way to the Cross – Luke 19:41-46
Read Luke 19:41-46
As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it” (v. 41). Think about a time you were rejected or betrayed by somebody that you loved. Now multiply that feeling of anguish by ten. This is a small percentage of what Jesus felt as he approached Jerusalem. His heart was broken. Jesus longed for the people of Jerusalem to know true peace. Yet they chose another way.
Throughout the gospels Jesus reserves his harshest criticism for the religious who thought they had the corner on truth. These religious elite were more interested in creating a system that gave them power and marginalized the weak than they were in surrendering to the authority of King Jesus. Let us not make the error of thinking we are above egocentric, power-hungry religion. The way to the cross requires the relinquishing of power and control. Very few of us want to give that up.
Triune God, give me the courage to surround myself with people who challenge me to live in relationship with you. I surrender my life to you. Amen.
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I serve as an assistant pastor at Quest Church in Seattle, where I oversee the ministry to teenagers and college students. I am passionate about helping children, youth, and adults learn how to hear and respond to the voice of the Triune God. I have a B.A. in business from Rhodes College and an M.Div. from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Most days you can find me exploring God’s creation or goofing off with my wife and two kids.