As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you. (Luke 19:41-44)
Jesus wept because the Jews didn’t recognize He was God, the Son. They wanted Him to save them from the Romans, not from themselves. Jesus saw into history. The Jews became insufferable and the Romans would dash them to the ground and not leave one stone on another in 70 AD when the Romans wiped out Jerusalem, their temple, and the Jews living there. They didn’t see Jesus was the only one who could bring peace.
Having peace is knowing your wrongdoings have been forgiven, knowing God’s unconditional love, knowing God’s protection, and knowing you’ll be united with God and reunited with your family and furry friends in heaven. Without that knowledge there is no peace.
The second step to leaving a bad habit or trait at the cross is to trust Jesus to save you and your heart. Give Him permission to take a jack hammer and take down the wall you’ve built around your heart, so he can fill it with His love, peace, and protection.
Dearest Father in Heaven, I give glory to You and Jesus for saving me and changing my heart. Thank you for Your love, peace, and protection. I want to leave ___________ at the cross because it is not my god. You are my God, and I want to crave you only. Please change my heart so I can be more like Jesus. In His Holy and precious name, I pray, amen.