Friday, July 17th, 2015
Homesick (Part 10, conclusion)
O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you?
Mark 9:19 (NKJV)
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
Matthew 23:37 (NIV)
He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.
Matthew 11:20 (NKJV)
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud Voice, saying, 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani' that is, 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'
Matthew 27:46 (NKJV) *
When the twelve-year-old Prodigy had to wait, when the Teacher faced legions of non-believers, when His childhood family and friends doubted Him...
When the bulk of His early disciples left Him, when the cities of His miracles ignored them, when Israel's chosen leaders planned to kill Him, when God left Him to hang all alone a Cross...
Was Jesus homesick? I vote, Yes.
I believe He was sickened by our gross misbehavior, grieved by our self-centered indifference, disgusted by our make-believe faith, outraged by the temple profiteers, done with religious hypocrisy...
Saddened by the troubles of the poor, longing to release earth's prisoners, ready to defeat Satan's death-grip, willing to pay the price for our salvation, and eager to make room for His brethren.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If Jesus felt homesick, so can you. So don't hit yourself for hating sin. Don't feel alone in wanting better. Instead, do what your Example did.
Stay in it to win it until it is done. Homesickness is cured by His death on the Cross.
* Commentaries on Matthew 27:46: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/27-46.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Homesick series.