DayBreaks for 2/10/16: The Tears He Wants
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2006:
Luke 23:26-27 (NLT) – As they led Jesus away, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country just then, was forced to follow Jesus and carry his cross. Great crowds trailed along behind, including many grief-stricken women.
Some of the other translations say that the women who followed him as Jesus made his way through the streets of Jerusalem “mourned and lamented him.” That means they were crying – and probably not a soft, barely audible sniffling and groaning. Lamenting was loud. It was accompanied by tears and shrieks and cries and the person gave vent to all that was in their hearts and the pain that was contained there.
In the case of Jesus, the women weren’t weeping for themselves. They were weeping for Jesus. We would probably look at that scene and heartily approve of their tears and weeping. We likely would have said it was only right that they should weep and lament Jesus. What was happening was a travesty of justice. What had happened – his beatings, the mockery, the scourging, the betrayals – had turned this lonely figure who stumbled down the streets into a bloody mess – and it had to be tremendously difficult for anyone who had known and loved him to witness what was happening.
But in the next verse, Jesus tells the women not to weep for him. He says that their weeping is on target – but the cause was wrong. He encourages them to weep for themselves – for they live in a world that is full of horror, all brought about by sin. And so it is that Sigmund Brouwer wrote: It is easy to weep when we see Jesus with the cross. But those are tears he does not want. He wants us to cry for our sins. He wants us to ask forgiveness.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, help us to weep first and foremost for our sin, the sin that caused You to walk beneath the weight of the beam and to stumble and fall on your way to Calvary. Help us to seek your forgiveness, for that is what we need the most! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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