Herod Antipas, the plotting Pharisees, the power players in Jerusalem, all the first who would be first, then and now, desire to see themselves as masters of the universe, invulnerable and imperial, behind their relentless, clever maneuvering. In our text (Luke 13:31-35), Jesus calls their death-dealing by name, yet also sees them as barnyard chicks lost in a storm, too afraid and too stubborn to find shelter under the shadow of the mother hen’s wings. Join us as we hear Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem in our message Ruffling Feathers.
Luke 13:31-35, NRSV
31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”