Don’t Cry for Me, Cry for Yourselves

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.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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