Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

The post, and poem below were first posted here four and a half years ago, but some of my friends may find this poem helpful this morning, so I am posting it again.  There’s really nothing else I can say.

It’s hard to see through tears, but sometimes its the only way to see, tears can be the turning point, the springs of renewal, and to know you have been wept for is to know that you are loved. ‘Jesus Wept’ is the shortest, sharpest, and most moving sentence in Scripture.

We have a God who weeps for us, weeps with us, understands to the depths and from the inside the rerum lachrymae, the tears of things.

Thanks to Margot Krebs Neale for the images. as always you can hear me read the poem by clicking on the title or on the ‘play’ buton if it appears.

Jesus weeps


Jesus comes near and he beholds the city

And looks on us with tears in his eyes,

And wells of mercy, streams of love and pity

Flow from the fountain whence all things arise.

He loved us into life and longs to gather

And meet with his beloved face to face

How often has he called, a careful mother,

And wept for our refusals of his grace,

Wept for a world that, weary with its weeping,

Benumbed and stumbling, turns the other way,

Fatigued compassion is already sleeping

Whilst her worst nightmares stalk the light of day.

But we might waken yet, and face those fears,

If we could see ourselves through Jesus’ tears.


Filed under imagination, politics

11 responses to “Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

  1. Thank you for these apt words. Beautifully put.

  2. Thanks for this this morning. I am speechless. In shock.

    Sent from my iPhone


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  4. mary kay

    The only Words creating sense. Thank you for poetry.

  5. Paul Geraghty

    Hi –

    Here it is. Sad to read Eileen’s message. It must be so hard to be a forward thinking American right now.

    P xxx

    Sent from my iPad


  6. Let’s never forget – our Man has won the victory that matters!

  7. Rev. Rachel McDougall

    Dear Malcolm,

    Such an apt poem for today.

    Thank you so much for sharing it.

    Soothes the soul.

    Gives courage to the heart.

    Every blessing

    Kind Regards

    Rachel McDougall

    The Vicar

    St John’s Anglican Church

    Bentleigh Vic 3204

    Ph 9557 2226

    0424 413 761



  8. Thank you. These words remind me that there is hope in the midst of grief. Today, many are in mourning and are afraid of what might come.

  9. Helena

    Beautiful … soft, encouraging words

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