Weep for Yourselves

And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.  But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

Luke 23:27-28

After being condemned to die on the cross, Jesus was led away.  “A great company of people, and of women” followed Him, bewailing and lamenting Him.  They were apparently genuinely sad about the fact that He was being accused and executed wrongly.  But He said something interesting to them.  He told them to “weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.”

He knew what was coming for Him.  He knew the death that He would die and the pain that He would suffer.  But He could also see the pain, suffering and death that would come upon those who had rejected Him.  And that is what He saw when told them to “weep for themselves, and for your children.”  He knew that His death, as horrible as it would be, would be temporary.  He could see beyond His terrible crucifixion and see the glory that awaited Him.  And He also knew that the pain and death of those who rejected Him would be an eternal pain and death.

We can look at this story and apply it to our own lives.  We might face trials and tribulations, and sometimes we want to weep for ourselves.  But we know that our trails, troubles, and problems are merely temporary.  The problems of those who have rejected the Lord Jesus are eternal.  Those are the people we should be weeping over.  Some day, we will look back and see that our greatest problems really weren’t that bad.  And we will look back and see that problems of the unsaved were far, far worse than we thought.

Who are we weeping for today?  Ourselves or the non-believers?

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