PUZZLING IT OUT
(sorry for this unusual extended absence; funk; Scandinavian Funk)
So, this is a most important week, a most Holy Week, full of detail and meaning and mystery:
Jesus Overlooking Jerusalem
The “mystery” is not that I have done yet another jigsaw puzzle; the mystery is God, the Creator of all things and of all people, prepared a special nation, all descendants of the man named Abraham through which He, God Himself, could take on human flesh and join True Human Nature to His Divinity.
One Person, two natures. That’s a mystery.
And He did it for a reason. To come unto His own people, this special nation, to be one among them, and to do for them what they couldn’t do for themselves — save them from their sins and sanctify them, to make them holy for the next world.
So there is Jesus in that puzzle picture, overlooking His city Jerusalem which He loved.
“He came unto His own, and His own received Him not,” we are told.
Just as His last week of life began, He looks over the city, and with a Heart of love, weeps for the city, knowing what will soon happen to it. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem; how often would I have gathered thee up to myself as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings….and you would not.”
I think about this scene every year that Holy Week begins. Such love. Such longing. Such sorrow.
The people of Jerusalem, in their houses down there, the people of Judea, and the people of all lands “even to the ends of the earth” belong to another. They belong to what Jesus described as The Strong Man.
Jesus had taught that you can’t steal from a Strong Man’s house unless you first bind up the Strong Man, make him powerless, and only then you can take away from him his possessions.
We are those possessions. The “Strong Man” is the enemy of God, Satan, if you will; and the “house” is this planet. We can’t get up and walk away by our own power. We can’t break out of the house. We are helpless, weak, and pretty much clueless and unwilling.
So Jesus came to “bind” that Strong Man, and to make him powerless over us. That’s what He’ll be doing for the rest of this 24-hour period: a good day, a very good day for us.