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William Burkitt (1650-1703) on Luke 19:41

July 21, 2009


19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

No sooner did our Savior come within the sight and view of the city of Jerusalem, but he burst out into tears, at the consideration of their obstinacy, and willful rejecting of the offers of grace and salvation made unto them; and also he wept to consider of the dreadful judgments that hung over their heads for those sins, even the utter ruin and destruction of their city and temple. Learn hence, 1. That good men ever have been, and are, men of tender and compassionate dispositions, sorrowing not only for their own sufferings, but for others’ calamities. 2. That Christ sheds tears as well as blood for the lost world; Christ wept over Jerusalem, as well as bled for her. 3. That Christ was infinitely more concerned for the salvation of poor sinners, than for his own death and sufferings: not the sight of his own cross, but Jerusalem’s calamities, made him weep.

William Burkitt, Expository Notes With Practical Observations on the New Testament (Philadelphia: Published by Thomas Wardle, 1835), 1:400. [Some spelling modernized; underlining mine.]

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