“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate. For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings. But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!” – Matthew 23:37-24:2 (NLT)
These verses are packed with big announcements. One is that Jesus predicts the desolation of Jerusalem and tells what that period will look like in Israel’s capital city. This happens in AD 70 when the temple of Jerusalem and a lot of the city is destroyed by Romans because the Jews rebelled against Roman rule. Jesus then quotes Psalm 118:26 in the last verse of chapter 23. This is a messianic psalm, meaning it describes the future Messiah. By quoting this verse, Jesus is acknowledging that he is the Messiah, the one who saves/rescues his people.
What does it mean to you that Jesus came to rescue and save? What do you need saved from? Is it an earthly trial or temptation? Or is it your need for Jesus to save you spiritually? Have you asked him to save you from either of these situations? Ask him to rescue and save you from the spiritual and earthly snares that are keeping you captive.