Accepting Him, His Truth, and Peace
By: Rodney Holmstrom | April 14
“…because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” – Luke 19:44 NIV
I still remember the moment I received Jesus’ love and forgiveness into my heart and life. To come to the realization that Jesus loved me enough to extend a gift of grace was a foreign concept to say the least. I remember feeling overwhelmed with love and acceptance which translated into joy and excitement in my heart. I just wanted to dance and scream praises to God! I remember one of the pastors telling me that angels in heaven were rejoicing knowing this lost sinner had been found.
Living in this world brings constant reminders of the brokenness that surrounds us, attempting to steal a believer’s newfound joy. The enemy isn’t happy when he loses another one to Christ.
When I read the story of the Triumphal Entry of Jesus in Luke 19, I am struck with the joy and praise coming from the mouths of those in attendance. They were celebrating saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Then the story turns on a dime as we hear of the religious leaders throwing a wet blanket over the celebration. They knew that the one who would be greeted with the Lord’s name would in fact be the Messiah, but they certainly didn’t think Jesus was that Messiah.
I find encouragement seeing how Jesus responded to those that rejected Him. He offers a rebuke but it is out of sorrow. He responds weeping “And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes’” (Luke 19:41-42).
Did you catch that? He wept over the city. When I think of grief, it is by definition a sadness that comes due to a loss of an intimate relationship. Jesus doesn’t get angry and start taking names, instead He develops a sadness due to a loss of intimacy with those that He loves. He knew where their choice would lead them. He had the key to peace but still received rejection.
How heartbroken Jesus must have been to weep in that moment as He witnessed this. Jesus knew that peace with God wasn’t possible when we reject Him.
As a believer, I find myself at times rejecting Him as well. When I don’t apply His Word to my life, it results in the absence of peace.
James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
When we accept His Word and His direction and then put it into practice, we can live out His grace in peace.
How will you respond to Jesus today? Will you shout praises with gratitude as you accept Him and His Word into your everyday life? Or will you reject Him and His Truths?