Dominus Flevit (Jesus wept)

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, Jesus wept over it

and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:41-44)

The window in the photo below, which overlooks Jerusalem, forms the front wall of Dominus Flevit (Jesus Wept) Church.

altar of Dominus Flevit (Jesus Wept) Church

As he traveled down the Mount of Olives, Jesus saw Jerusalem from this place and longed to give His peace to all those in His beloved city. Have you ever cried because someone you knew rejected a gift from God? If so, you know how Jesus felt. Have you ever rejected anything God wanted to give you? Jesus cries for you, too. Do you have any turmoil or stress within you? Jesus longs to give you His peace. But if you continually reject what He is offering you, what you seek will remain hidden from your eyes, and you will lead yourself right into the disaster you are so desperately trying to avoid.

Altar at Dominus Flevit (Jesus Wept) Church

Lord Jesus! I truly do want the peace that only You can give me! Help me to let go of the desire to handle things my way. Help me to trust in You instead of my own ideas of how my problems should be solved. Amen!

Now “step outside” and see the view from where Jesus once stood.