29 “How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 You say, ‘If we had lived in our ancestors’ days, we wouldn’t have joined them in killing the prophets.’ 31 You testify against yourselves that you are children of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, complete what your ancestors did. 33 You snakes! You children of snakes! How will you be able to escape the judgment of hell? 34 Therefore, look, I’m sending you prophets, wise people, and legal experts. Some of them you will kill and crucify. And some you will beat in your synagogues and chase from city to city. 35 Therefore, upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been poured out on the earth, from the blood of that righteous man Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. 36 I assure you that all these things will come upon this generation. 37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You who kill the prophets and stone those who were sent to you. How often I wanted to gather your people together, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you didn’t want that. 38 Look, your house is left to you deserted. 39 I tell you, you won’t see me until you say, Blessings on the one who comes in the Lord’s name.” (Matthew 23:29-39, CEB)
God wants us to gather us together as a mother hen gathers her chicks, but are we willing?
Do we actually serve God and know God is calling us?
We say if we had been there we would not have killed Jesus, but would we have stood up for Jesus? Would we?
It seems easy to think that we would not have followed the crowd, but remember that the crowd was also the same people who shouted Hosanna as Jesus entered Jerusalem. We would have turned and followed those who were wanting him dead because they thought it was what God wanted.
Make sure you are focused on God and where God is leading. Follow and know that may lead you against the crowd.
But in everything you do:
Love People. Love God.