Heed The Cry Of The Triumphant King

Christ was born and raised a Jew, and His outreach to His own revealed His deep love for them. Yet, much of what He said to them also applies to the those who believe in Him. Even in His brief but passionate address to Jerusalem the Christian can find powerful instruction that will enable them to spiritually withstand present troubles and those that are to come.
Heed The Cry Of The Triumphant King
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By the Holy Spirit Luke records Jesus was about three days from Jerusalem when He cried out the following (Luke 13:34-35), “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kills the prophets, and stones them that are sent to you; how often would I have gathered your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! 35  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, You shall not see me, until the time come when you shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.” He repeated that

cry three days later in Jerusalem.

His cry was certainly prophetic, because around forty years after His death, resurrection, and ascension, the Temple was destroyed followed by the Jews being removed from their homeland. For a time, the name of Jerusalem was changed. The nation of Israel would not be heard of as a political entity with geographical boundaries until 1948. To this day things remain spiritually desolate for Israel. As of the date of writing this article the Temple has not been rebuilt. Beware, though, if you are reading this when the Temple is rebuilt!

While His passionate cry was aimed at Jerusalem, if we name the holy Name of Christ there are principles that can be applied to our lives. For the purposes of this message we shall look only at verse 34. From that verse we will see four ways by which we are to heed the cry of, not only the King of the Jews, but the King of each person who has committed their life to Him.

I. Perceive 

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, . . .”

Before Jerusalem was named “Jerusalem” it was called Jebus (Judges 19:10, 1 Chronicles 11:4). The name Jebus means “threshing place.” When the people of God conquered it its name was changed to Jerusalem which means “teaching of peace.” When we surrender to Christ and remain in Him, we move from a “threshing place” to a place of “teaching of peace.” From the realm of darkness where satan {1} will thresh us, we go to the feet of Jesus where we learn step by step of how to enjoy more of the peace of God.

The apostle Peter is a great example of a believer in Christ being transformed from a threshing place to a teaching of peace. Out of his strong love for Jesus Peter tried to persuade Christ not to go to the cross, but Christ rebuked him, saying, “Get behind Me, satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's.” (Matthew 16:21-23). Peter later asserted that he would not deny Him (Mark 14:31), but Christ warned him that satan wanted to thresh him like wheat (Luke 22:31).

If you are familiar with the Gospel accounts you would know Peter went through the most bitter time of his life after denying Jesus Christ three times. But, soon after His resurrection Christ encouraged Peter and then later caused him to do some soul searching as recorded in John 21:15-18. After Christ’s ascension Peter and the other disciples obediently waited in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high (Acts 1 and 2). They were filled with the Holy Spirit, and a few chapters later in the Acts of the Apostles we read that Peter was peacefully sleeping in jail while awaiting his probable execution. The once edgy Peter was so at peace and so sound asleep that an angel of God had to smite him on his side to awake him and get him out of the prison! (Acts 12:7)

While each of us might grow in Christ at different speeds, if we remain in Him, we all get transformed from being a threshing place to a teaching of peace. Surely, when we first come to Christ we know the peace of God. However, as we grow in Him we learn more of the peace of God as we go through troubles, persecution, and learning from our failures along with applying the precious grace of God through Christ in our lives. The triumphant king cries out for us to come to Him and remain in Him.

II. Receive

“. . . which kills the prophets, and stones them that are sent to you; . . .”

Please do not misunderstand me here with this portion of Luke 14:34. I am not saying to receive as truth or godly direction anything any preacher, teacher, evangelist, etc. says. Weigh what everyone says (including me) with the whole counsel of the written Word of God in a reliable translation like Young’s Literal Translation or the New King James. Check things out by going to BlueletterBible.org where you can discover what the ancient texts actually say from the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek documents.

This section of Luke 14:34 would encourage us to heed the true written Word of God. “Prophet” can be understood here as one who speaks the will of God and not just one who speaks of future events. We are to receive the written Word with gladness even if it convicts and rebukes us. Along these lines, 2 Peter 1:19 exhorts us as follows: “So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”

We are also to receive the spoken Word, the Good Shepherd Himself speaking to our heart. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me," said Jesus as recorded in John 10:27. Keep in mind though that the Holy Spirit will never tell you something that is contrary to the written Word of God. Another point is that the more we obey His written Word, the more we will be able to hear His spoken Word.

Concerning “them that are sent to you," we should consider true godly direction from true Christians. While no one is perfect, God still uses people to edify the Body of Christ (The Church). However, there are times people turn against the man {2} of God. There have been some godly pastors that have been socially stoned, suffering false or inflated accusations. With all of this, the triumphant king cries out for us to receive all that He has for us.

III. Achieve

“ . . . how often would I have gathered your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, . . . “

Before we get to the “kneeology,” let me bring out an important point in theology here. Christ specifically said He often desired to gather the children of Jerusalem, like a hen would her chicks. Elsewhere in the Holy Bible this analogy is applied to YHVH God and only YHVH God. In other words, Christ’s statement here and in Matthew 23:37 means that He was definitely saying He is YHVH in the flesh, one of numerous proofs Christ is YHVH in the flesh. Within the psalms there are at least six occurrences where God is described as a bird with its wings that those who believe in Him can resort to.

Christ was


pointing out that many times, before He was manifested in the flesh, He as YHVH attempted to draw the Jewish people to sincere repentance. He wanted to bring them to the spiritual point where they would truly love Him and His Law. Through various ways He had beckoned them to turn away not only from their foreign idols, but also the idols of their own selves. Though there had been numerous times the Jews had appeared to rally to God in a crisis, they soon left Him to follow their sinful ways. An example of this was the general American response to the September 11 attack in that the spiritually mature in heart said America responded by bowing their heads but not their knees.

How do we get under His wings? Make sure you are wholly dedicated to God through Christ. Definitely worship Him and speak with Him everyday. Grow in Him to where you will be constantly worshiping Him and speaking with Him throughout the day. Study the written Word of God and put it into practice. Always be ready to hear the Good Shepherd speak to your heart. And, though you come to the point that you do these things throughout the day, always find time where you can have focused moments with Him.

As you grow in Him you will become better at recognizing the Shepherd’s voice. You might be able to detect when something is about to personally happen to you. Then, because of God’s training process, there will be many times you will not sense any warning. Either way, draw close to Him when trouble strikes. Consider well Psalm 57:1 which says, “O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusts in You: yea, in the shadow of Your wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities pass over."

Keep in practice, for there will come a time when the inhabitants of the earth will be ensnared. The Word speaks in a number of places of a time that will soon come that will place unbelievers in a trap called the Great Tribulation, like unsuspecting birds trapped in a snare. Note well Isaiah 24:17, Jeremiah 48:43, Luke 21:31, and 1 Thessalonians 5:3. 

Psalm 91:1-6 declares, “He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2  I will say of YHVH, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3  Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4  He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you trust: his truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; 6  Nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday. 7  A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. 8  Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked."

In all of this we are to become more like Christ as we cooperate with the working of the Holy Spirit within our lives. Not only are we to achieve spiritual safety, but also godly character, peace, favor from God, spiritual strength, and very much more. Yea, the triumphant king cries out for us to trust Him to be our refuge and strength at all times.

IV. Believe

“ . . . and you would not!”

It must be remembered when the Word of God speaks about believing in Christ it never means a simple acknowledgment of the Saviorship and Lordship of Christ, but a faith in Christ that by His grace produces the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the works of Christ. The dangerous path of many Jews who gave mental assent to the Torah but did not live it has been copied by many who call themselves Christians but make little effort to live like Christ.

There are many who call themselves Christian but will not faithfully study the Holy Bible, worship Him and communicate with Him throughout the day, nor spend quality time with Him. Too few follow the steps of Christ when no one is looking. Also, too few take a stand for Him when confronted with a simple choice between doing what He would do or caving-in under a little social pressure. The triumphant king cries out for us to heed the cry of the One who has won the victory over the world and temptation.

Let us believe, putting such belief into godly action, living for Christ because of Who He is, what He has done, and what He will do. Let us nestle close, really close, to Him every day. Let us learn to hear and promptly obey. Let us flock to Him each time He calls because there will soon come a time that He will speak a word and the dead in Christ will rise immediately followed by those who remain and we will be caught up (1 Thessalonians 4:17) and placed under His wings.

Notes:

{1} Not capitalized on purpose throughout the article. Experts Column gives me the freedom to express myself in that way.

{2} Used in the proper traditional sensible sense, denoting all people, male and female. I could not care less about being politically correct.

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by April 30, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M397 .

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    We must exercise good judgment in order to distinguish between the good and evil around us. Though it is a factor of success never to displease anyone, we must have the courage to tell others the wrong that they do.
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  • phansize007  19-03-2016
    Thank you very much for your article. One of the main issues The Lord faced was the burning desire to inform every one what salvation is to stubborn and ignorant people. He did this tirelessly because of His love for them and God. That's what ended in His Crucifixion. The goodnews is that it wasn't in vein:He rose back to life and His gospel is now taught allover the world.
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