26 When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.
27 And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him. 28 But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘ Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32 Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him.
Observation – What does it say?
- The Roman soldiers led Jesus away
- The Roman soldiers seized Simon
- Simon was coming in from the country
- They placed the Jesus cross on Simon
- Simon followed behind Jesus with the cross
- A large crowd of people followed Jesus
- Mourning and lamenting women followed Jesus
- Jesus spoke to the women
- Jesus called the women “Daughters of Jerusalem”
- Jesus told them to stop weeping for him
- Jesus told the women to weep for themselves
- Jesus told them to weep for their children
- Jesus said the will be a time when the barren women will be blessed
- Jesus spoke of a time coming when they will want to die
- 2 criminals were being led with Jesus
- 2 criminals were to die with Jesus.
Interpretation – What does it mean?
Jesus love for Jerusalem was unquenchable.
This is the third time in just a few days that Jesus spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem. Here after what the other Gospel describe a horrific beating and humiliation Jesus is still warning about the coming destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus love for the Jews and Jerusalem was unquenchable.
Application – How does it work?
Jesus love for us is unstoppable. In the middle of his humiliation and literally on the way to his crucifixion Christ stop and pities those who cried for him. His love for you is the same today.