HOST: Ron House
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?”
As they make the short journey to Golgotha, many of the disciples of Jesus followed behind. Some of these disciples, women who had been faithful to Jesus during His ministry, were weeping and mourning for Him. Even in the midst of His suffering, Jesus speaks to them, warning them of the coming judgment upon Jerusalem. Jesus has warned about this event before (Luke 21:20-24) and now reiterates the certainty of its coming. Because of the hard-heartedness of the Jewish leaders and their rejection of Jesus, God would allow Jerusalem, the holy city, to be defeated. In less than forty years from that time, the city would be overrun and completely destroyed. Jesus had earlier given instructions to His followers on what to do in order to save themselves when they saw that event taking place. The destruction of Jerusalem, not His death, was the event that was truly worthy of mourning. Jesus’ death, while terrible, represented victory. But the destruction of Jerusalem represented nothing but unbelief and defeat for the Jewish people.
How did Jesus’ death represent victory?
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