There is an interesting event recorded as our Saviour heads for the cross in Luke 23:27-31. The passage reads as follows.
A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, “Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!” Then
‘“they will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’
and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’”
For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?’
As the Lord is headed for the gruesome suffering of the cross, a group of ladies emerge on to the scene demonstrably showing their grief and sympathy. But the Lord does not want their sympathy. He rather wants them to consider their own position in the light of oncoming events. Desperate times are ahead and they need to be thinking of what that means for themselves and their children.
AD 70 brought these catastrophic predictions to fruition as the Romans ransacked Jerusalem.
It is interesting that the Lord did not enter this world to win sympathy. He rather came to win a people for His Father and Himself. There were a multitude of ways that He could have legitimately played the sympathy card. After all, He was the ultimate “good boy” who was being treated disgracefully. But, no, he wanted and was working for the obedience of faith. He wanted people right with God; not taking pity on Him. The spiritual welfare of others supplanted any aspirations for personal popularity.
We must take heed to this in our serving the Lord. There are times when we can be treated badly even abominably by people and thereby think that we deserve some pity and sympathy. Alas, that should never be pour priority.
Our priority should always be to see others following Christ on account of our service. We relentlessly commit ourselves to this disciple-making agenda. We want no glory or pity for ourselves, but the consecration of others to our Lord Christ.