Think; Weep; Repent
A Sermon on Luke 23:27-31
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?” (ESV)
In Luke’s account of Christ’s journey to the cross, he includes the last public teaching of Jesus. In the midst of pain and suffering, as he trudges along the road to face crucifixion, Jesus turns to the women who are following Him and admonishes them to weep for themselves, not for Him. His instruction is startling for He on His way to die. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones calls our attention to the compassion Christ had for these women that caused Him to stop along His road toward death in Luke 23:27-31. He also calls us to pay careful attention to the content of Christ’s teaching: weeping for Him is a thoughtless act for He was going to His death on behalf of sinful mankind and would be raised in glory three days later. Christ instructs the women to weep not for Him, but for themselves because of their ignorance of who He is and what He is accomplishing. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones expounds on the content of Christ’s final teaching, he applies his message to the modern listener with a somber warning. Have you wept over your sin and ignorance? Have you prayed for eyes to behold the love and justice of God displayed on the cross? Approach the cross and death of Christ with thoughtfulness and contemplation. Approach with weeping over sin and ignorance.