'Day One' Blog

Do Not Weep For Me – March 30, ’20

(Christ Falling on the Way to Calvary,
Raphael, 1516–1517)

Meditation for the Soul ~

And as they led Him away,
they seized one Simon of Cyrene,
who was coming in from the country,
and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
And there followed Him
a great multitude of the people
and of women who were mourning
and lamenting for Him.
But turning to them Jesus said,
“Daughters of Jerusalem,
do not weep for me,
but weep for yourselves and for your children.
For behold, the days are coming when they will say,
‘Blessed are the barren
and the wombs that never bore
and the breasts that never nursed!’
Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 
‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’
For if they do these things when the wood is green,
what will happen when it is dry?”
Luke 23:26-31


Reflection for the Mind ~

Weep for yourselves,” said Jesus to those who followed Him along the road to Golgotha. Those deeply distressed women caught Jesus’ attention, and in His grave condition He paused to speak to them. Their sorrow was understandably directed at Jesus but He needed them to understand it was misplaced. His chilling, prophetic warning was meant to help them shift their focus and consider what was actually at stake. They did not understand.

Jesus came to rescue sinners. He came to give life. While His death was imminent, He was perfectly secure in His own destiny. There was no need for tears. But the future of the multitude following Him was NOT secure, and so our Lord addressed their need. He would use even those arduous moments to try to waken sleeping hearts.


Response for the Heart ~

Jesus, only the Holy Spirit in You could have caused You to be able to think clearly, let alone respond to those grieving for You. Simon was just given Your cross to carry because You could not bear it. But the Spirit WAS alive in You and so You made one more passionate plea to those following You on the road. I praise You for Your selflessness. I praise You for showing me what it looks like to love with every breath and every ounce of energy; to love even when one has no strength. Thank You, Jesus! And now, what would You have me understand about Your words to that crowd? Speak to me, Lord. ~ Amen

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