A huge crowd of people followed, along with women weeping and carrying on. At one point Jesus turned to the women and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children.”
(Luke 23:27-28 MSG)
It was a gruesome sight. Jesus, the Lamb of God, was being led as a lamb to the slaughter, to the sacrifice, when the women met Him. Yet despite His dreadful state, He turned to the weeping women following Him and uttered the strangest words they had ever heard Him say, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children” (Luke 23:28). His condition wasn’t as bad as theirs, but they couldn’t see it because they were focused on His dilemma.
Oftentimes, when we think that we’re sympathizing with others in their plight, we too miss the pitiable state we might be in. We feel sorry for the single, infertile, poor or ill in our society, forgetting that the married, fertile, rich or healthy are not trouble-free either. So while we should be supportive of others in their distress, let’s remember to take a closer look at ourselves and seek His help.
No one is completely free from trouble, but not everyone realizes the trouble they’re in.