SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF GOD’S SALVATION
‘But as He came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, He began to weep…they will crush you into the ground…because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation,’ Lk. 19v41-44.
The Jewish leaders had rejected their king. They had refused God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ and soon their nation would suffer.
Consequent upon the above, the triumphant entry, a happy occasion, later, turned into weeping. The crowd that had followed Him were shouting: ‘Blessings on the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in highest heaven!’ Lk. 19v38.
This was a show of solidarity and expression of joy towards Jesus’ kingship particularly at a time they were looking for freedom from Roman political domination. Jesus’ courage as He rode in fired their enthusiasm.
But alas! Their king, as He approached Jerusalem, started to weep for the destruction that was to come upon the city. The people could not see the impending destruction. What a tragedy.
Often, when sin beclouds a sinner, he can hardly differentiate between good and evil, danger and safety. Usually, it is the strategy of the devil to perpetually hold down God’s people and eventually destroy them.
However, it is revealing, as Bible commentators attest, that the destruction Jesus predicted against Jerusalem and its inhabitants came to pass. No stone was left on top of each other, the magnificent temple, built by Solomon many years back, was reduced to rubbles. Women and children suffered terribly. Of course, the scripture is right: ‘heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away,’ Matt. 24v35.
God’s offer of salvation is free. But it is disturbing to note that a great number of people turn down such a glorious offer, as they indulge in sinful habits, such as lying, cheating, armed robbery, shedding of innocent blood and other condemnable acts. Let it be stated that people who refuse this offer are simply preparing for doom’s day. Jesus is God’s answer to the world. ‘And this is what God has testified: He has give eternal life and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life,’ I John 5v11, 12.
On this occasion of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, He is making the last appeal to humanity. It there behoves the believer to ensure that he is reconciled to God now. It is very reassuring to note that God has not turned His back against humanity. He continues to offer us this salvation, both to Jews and Gentiles of our days. Jesus will not continue to weep; we need to return to God in total repentance.
Remember, eternal life is within your reach. Accept it while the opportunity remains.VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.