Beaten and bearing man’s inhumanity toward self and one another, Jesus was led his final laborious steps along the pathway of sorrows to the cross. Luke 23:26f, recounts the daughters of Jerusalem were crying. Jesus intimates, however, there will be a whole lot of crying going on.
A large crowd was following and mourning the impending implementation of Christ’s execution. Jesus suggests their crying may serve better use if employed in lamentation of their own precarious and destitute predicament. If they were, there would be a whole lot of crying going on.
Denial, ignorance and presumption is an awful position in which many human beings are mired. Like this crowd in Luke’s gospel, many of us deny we need a savior and reject or rebel against the Son God sent for our salvation. We remain in darkness concerning the plan, purpose, and providence God fixed in creation. And, we continue to be convinced we are okay; particularly, when we can see someone who apparently is worse off than us. Jesus message to us, like it was to this people, there’s going to be a whole lot of crying going on.
Crying for yourselves:
Cry unto God you shall not be subjected to the offenses which are perpetrated against Christians in this world. Cry you shall not give over to hatred and an unloving heart due to sin’s proliferation. And cry saints be not deceived by false prophets and world leaders.
Crying for the children:
Cry unto God with fervent prayer sacrifices made on their behalf will not be in vain. Weep for them to overcome the heinous influences portrayed through entertainments, celebrities, and a corrupted political and social climate. Cry they may become compassionate, peacemaking individuals who will make a positive contribution to the world. For our children, there must be a whole lot of crying going on.
Cry against injustice to the righteous:
People who follow Christ must cry out against injustice in step with him during his earthly ministry. Christians are not inherently righteous, nevertheless, 2 Corinthians 5:21, assures, we have been “made the righteousness of God in him”. Silence in the face of injustice to the righteous gives license for judgement without mercy to the wrong doer.
Only Jesus inherently righteous:
The holiest saints compared to Christ are but dry trees; he is the fruitful, living tree. And since he, the inherently righteous one of God suffered, how can we think to avoid suffering in our Christian walk. Recall 1 Peter 4:17, “For the time has come for judgement to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God”. Church, if we and sinners are to be saved there needs to be a whole lot of crying going on.
Crying for the rocks to fall:
Multiplied numbers of People of our era are uncertain regarding their allegiance toward God. Their hearts are divided between God and the images vie for their devotions. Revelation 6:15f, agrees with Hosea 10:8, asserting at God’s judgement, fear shall fall upon all peoples of the earth. Verse 17 of Revelation asks, “who shall be able to stand”? Indeed, escaping the great and terrible day of the Lord requires there to be a whole lot of crying going on.
Crucified between two criminals:
Even as Christ was regarded a mere criminal to be mocked and scorned, he demonstrated his magnanimous character, petitioning God on behalf of those who led him out to the skull and crucified him. On the cross, he cried out for God to forgive their ignorance in failing to recognize and honor him as the unique Son of God. Those who judged and crucified were inadvertently carrying out the will of God to provide a sacrifice for their sin.
One received faith to cry out:
While one of the criminals sought to justify himself by hurling insults and questioning the messianic authority of Christ, the other recognized him as Lord, conceded his guilt, and asked for pardon. Jesus assured him, “today you will be with me in paradise”.
Jesus cries out one last time:
Somebody said, “the sun refused to shine”; and the vail of the temple was cut in two, providing an entrance for you and I into the holiest of holy. All this transpired when Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit”.
A whole lot of crying going on:
As Jesus breathed his last, the centurion began to cry out, giving glory to God and declaring, “this man really was righteous”. The crowd which were following the events of the day struggled to take it all in, crying as they returned to their homes. Those who knew him and the women stood far off watching in mourning. In other words, there was a whole lot of crying going on.
Joy in the morning:
The wrath of God is satisfied with the death of Christ who bore our sins on that old rugged cross. “For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. The dawn of Sunday held, and still holds the promise the sun is going to shine in the morning because Jesus is alive, risen from the dead. Who could endure such shame? Nobody but Jesus. Who could bear my sins away? Nobody but Jesus. Who could heal my body, make me whole again? Nobody but Jesus. There may be a whole lot of crying going on as you face opposition and struggles in your life, but remember to think on the goodness of God, and the work Jesus finished for you. Your soul will cry Hallelujah! Joy in the morning.