And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,…
I. THE EXCLAMATION OF CHRIST, AND HIS TEARS IN THEIR REJECTION TO THE GUILTY CITY.
1. He remembered days of old. On these sinners the object of His mission seemed entirely lost.
2. But with the self-denying love of a patriot, and the grace of a Saviour, He looked beyond His own sufferings, and fixed His eye on theirs. What an appeal to His pity was there I The city was beleaguered and lost — the dwelling of Holiness was laid waste.
3. The sentence is broken and incomplete. It is eloquently completed by the tears, which are the natural language of compassion, and express its intentness beyond all words. What the present might have been!
II. THE BEARING OF THE RECORD ON OURSELVES.
1. There are things which pre-eminently belong to your peace.
2. The period allotted to you for attending to them is definite and brief.
3. Should your day close, and leave you unsaved, your guilt will be great, and your condition remediless.
4. This is a spectacle calling for the profoundest lamentation.
5. The tears of Jesus prow His unextinguished compassion for the guilty.
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