There are times in our preaching we represent to others that God is a “trigger happy” God who loves to keep people out of heaven.
There are also those who tells us that everyone will be saved whether you want to or not.
A good reference point would be in these verses.
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.
43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.
44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
The passage above refers to the judgment on the generation Jesus came to in AD70.
The word records for us that the Jewish leaders actually said that “they had no king except Caesar” and “that His blood be upon them and their children” as AD70 was to mark the judgment on Israel for the blood of all the prophet and now His Son.
In other words the Jewish leaders were about to punish for putting the Son on the Cross.
This is my point. If I see a vision of how God would take revenge for me against my enemies, I would certain rejoice.
Many people paint Jesus as a trigger ready God who would point out your sins and take every excuse to keep you out of heaven. That kind of thinking does not come from Him but us.
Does Jesus take pleasure in the destruction of His enemies? No. He wept.
He takes no pleasure in the destruction in the wicked. How much more when it comes to us, the righteous.
At the same time Jesus said this.
37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
The wings here refer to the ark of the covenant. He is saying how he wished they can be brought before what is between the two angels (“wings of the angels”), that is, the mercy seat.
Jesus was longing for their forgiveness. Yet he laments. “But you are not willing.”
Some of you will say, “this is before he died on the cross.” The day of vengeance on the Jews happened 40 years after his death and was visited upon Jesus’s generation.
Those who believed Jesus left Jerusalem and were saved. Those who refused to believe died in the siege of Jerusalem.
Yes. God does not want any to perish but He also needs you to be willing. The Gospel is great not because it will save everyone. The Gospel is great because you actually have a choice to reject it.
The Gospel promotes love. Love does not insist on its own. (1st Cor 13:5) That’s how God loves you. He loves to dispense you mercy and grace. However we must be willing.