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Jesus' Last Words in the Temple

In the final days of Christ's earthly ministry, Jesus stood in the Temple at Jerusalem and said:

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Matthew 23:37

For three and one-half years Jesus had preached to and prayed for His people. 

"...He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." John 1:11

He came to "His own" nation, Israel. He came to "His own" city, Jerusalem. His very own "received Him not."

What a heartbreak this must have been. Nothing hurts more than being rejected and ignored by those you love so much. Jesus Christ left the glory of heaven to come to this sin sick world. He left the beauty of all of His surroundings to be ridiculed and laughed at. The very people that should have received Him with open arms, shunned Him.

What else could He have done? He healed their sick; He fed their hungry; He brought hearing to the deaf and sight to the blind. He raised their dead. Not one time had He lied to them or tried to deceive them. He promised them of a better world and demonstrated to them a better way, yet they chose to turn their backs on Him.

Let me emphasize the words "they chose."

Look at both verses together:

"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" John 1:11-12

Notice everything is a choice:

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that KILLEST (a choice) the prophets, and STONEST (a choice) them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye WOULD (a choice) not!"

Adam and Eve made a choice. They could have refused to eat of the tree. Israel made a choice. They could have received Jesus Christ. Every man has had an option...take Him or leave Him...but you have an option, a choice.

There is no such thing as some people being predestined for hell or heaven. It is not God's choice that is responsible, it is man's. Notice what Christ's choice was:
 
"...how often WOULD I HAVE GATHERED..."

There is no doubt what Christ's choice was. There is no doubt about what Jesus Christ wanted for His people; what He preferred.

It makes no difference how many doctor's degrees one has, how much Greek and Hebrew one knows or how well respected in the ministerial circles one might be, to accuse God of making men's choices for them, reveals one's total ignorance of God Almighty.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Notice the "whosoever." It does not say "whosoever" God chooses. It does not say "whosoever" is predestinated. It says:

"...whosoever believeth in Him..."

In fact, IF God had predestined one person for hell, all that person would have to do is "believeth in Him" and go to heaven!

That is why Christ was broken hearted...Jerusalem could have changed their destiny so easily. They did not have go through what they were going to go through. Their destruction could have been prevented. Every person can change their destiny by simply trusting Jesus Christ to cleanse their sins. No one has to go to hell. Any person can have heaven in the future and the company of Christ right now.

"Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

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Leland Maples