Jesus Desires our Company
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!”
How often would I have gathered your children together
Jesus fervently desires to be near to man. How vividly He discloses His desire to draw men near to Himself! It has been His desire from eternity. He said, “I have always wanted to gather you up under my wings! I want you to be near to Me! I want to take care of you.”
You would not
In the Psalms, David reciprocated the desire to be near to God. “How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings;” Psalms 36:7. Though David wanted to be near to God, man as a whole rejects Jesus, not wanting to be near to Him.
Just as vividly as Jesus’ heart for man is illustrated in this verse, so too man’s heart for Him is revealed. “You would not.” That is, “I wanted you, but you did not want me.”
- Romans 10:21 “But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
- John 1:11-13 “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Jesus has sought ought and secured our reconciliation to Him.
God so loved the world–He so desired to gather us together under His wings–that He gave His only Son to make it possible. We spurned Him, we rejected Him, but He sought to make us accepted. If we repent from our rejection of Him and receive Him, we will become His children and be forever in fellowship with Him. Then, like David, we can say with confidence: “How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
- 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.”
Take refuge today in the shadow of Christ’s outstretched arms. He has invited you to commune with Him and paid the ultimate price to make it possible.