At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ” Luke 13:31-35
Jesus had some harsh words for the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders of the day. But I do not know if any were harsher than what Jesus told the Pharisees in today’s verses. Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to die but the Pharisees trying to get Jesus not to go the Jerusalem told Jesus that Herod wanted to kill Jesus. Jesus seeing through them gave them a message to give Herod.
He reminded them that it was in Jerusalem that the prophets of old had been killed. Killed not by foreigners but by the Jews. Then Jesus tells those listening of the many times God had tried to bring the Jews back to Him but each time they turned away from God. Now here was their long promised Messiah teaching, healing and performing miracles in their mists and once again they rejected God. Jesus tells them that their house is forsaken and the only way they will see God is if they accept Jesus as the Messiah and turn to Him that came in the name of the Lord.
Nothing has changed since then. The only way to see God, the only way to salvation is to come to Jesus. Each person needs to accept Jesus as God’s chose one the Messiah, then Christ, God’s anointed. Only then can we be saved. Only then can out sins be forgiven. I have written of how hard some of God’s Word is to understand. Some things such as how can God have total sovereignty yet we humans retain our free will are extremely difficult for our finite minds to reconcile yet the way for each of us to be reconciled with God is clear and simple.
So simple that there is no room for discussion. All any of us need do is accept Jesus as Lord, confess our sins and turn our lives over to Him. Then we are saved. Nothing else needs to be done. And the good news is that once we are saved it is an eternal salvation. We cannot lose it and no one can take it from us. Once His always His. Such good news.
Have a blessed day,