At that time some Pharisees said to him, “Get away from here if you want to live! Herod Antipas wants to kill you!”
Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose. Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my way. For it wouldn’t do for a prophet of God to be killed except in Jerusalem!
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned. And you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!’
Desolation for those who reject the one who loves them, created them, longs to hold them close. So many times we hear the heart of God cry for His people who will not have Him. He offers, they refuse. The Creator shunned by the creation and therefore the creation is left desolate. We ask why? when we look at the pain, suffering and oppression in our world and here is an example of why…by choice, a choice made that affects not only the ones making the choice.
Jesus continued his ministry to those who would receive and would not be hindered from that task by threats. We too can follow the example set by him to be faithful to hear his voice, to share, so that those who will respond may do so. Let us make the heart of God sing!