Day 4. Read Lamentations 2:12-22.
Children were starving in their mother’s arms.
Jeremiah was almost left speechless: all he could say was “your wound is as deep as the sea. Who can heal you?”
The prophets’ visions were falsely optimistic and failed to warn of captivity for sinfulness.
Passers by mocked Jerusalem, once the most beautiful city in the world.
Enemies rejoiced in what they saw as their victory.
But this was the LORD’s will and plan: he is sovereign over the tumult of the world.
The hearts of the people cried out to the Lord, and Jeremiah urged them on.
He called for night vigils for the lives of the children.
He cried out to the LORD to consider what He was allowing to happen: cannibalism and massacres.
Young, old, great, good and insignificant lay slaughtered in the streets.
He summons celebration and terror alike: no-one can withstand the wrath of the LORD.
Reflection: Have you ever come to an end of yourself as you consider the terrors of the world around you? Have you come to know the One who can heal you: who another prophet foretold was “pierced for our iniquities, and crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”?
Jesus paid the price for all our wrongdoing on the Roman cross outside Jerusalem 2000 years ago. That we should get what we deserve goes without saying. But that God should punish His own eternal Son so that all our wrongdoing can be forgiven is astounding. The worst of sins: from the pride of self-righteousness to the cruelty of murder can be forgiven by faith in Christ alone. Are you forgiven, healed, transformed and renewed by the blood of Jesus?