VIA DOLOROSA; Step 8

Luke 23:27 – 31 “A huge crowd of people followed, along with women weeping and carrying on. At one point Jesus turned to the women and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children. The time is coming when they’ll say, ‘Lucky the women who never conceived! Lucky the wombs that never gave birth! Lucky the breasts that never gave milk!’ Then they’ll start calling to the mountains, ‘Fall down on us!’ calling to the hills, ‘Cover us up!’ If people do these things to a live, green tree, can you imagine what they’ll do with deadwood?””

Now he speaks! Christ had held His tongue throughout the trials and beatings, He had huffed and puffed along the road to Golgotha up until Simon of Cyrene popped up, but not a word from Christ. It wasn’t until the Daughters of Jerusalem pushed to the front of the procession with their loads weeping that Christ spoke. What was so important?

A warning to all of us although He spoke directly to the crying women. Christ asked us to look inward and understand our actions. Are we displaying all the outward signs of piety and holiness without an honest change in our lives? The time would come, He warned, when life would be unbearable and without a solid anchor we would sail adrift. If even He; Son of Man could suffer like this, then how much more us?

We’re masters of how to ‘catch’ the Holy Spirit, we walk around looking like we’ve drunk sour milk. When the sermon is being preached we nod wisely although we don’t remember a word after it’s over. But for Lent we would have shown people where true power lies. We wail at the front of the procession but we’re only thinking of how we look and what benefits our actions will bring. Do not forget that God sees the heart; He knows when you’re faking it.

Think About This 

How can I live an authentic life for Christ?

Prayer

Dear Lord, Please let my heart be true. May I keep in mind that You see the heart and that is the only thing that matters. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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