“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it!” – Matthew 23:37

Jesus spoke to a city. He accused a city of killing prophets and stoning messengers sent by God. Do cities have life? Do they have personalities?

Every city has unique characteristics and personality. Some cities are a safe and welcoming place for God and His presence, other cities are hostile toward the real presence of God. Just across central Florida, where I live, each of the cities has a unique personality.

What is the city like that you are in? Do dynamic, anointed, spirit-filled churches flourish in it, or do they struggle? Is the atmosphere in your city like Laodicea’s country club religion, or is it truly, spiritually on fire? If a prophet were to come to your city or to your church, would they be welcomed—or would your city, like Jerusalem, reject God’s messengers and prophets?

This was one of just three times that the Bible tells of Jesus weeping—once at the death of Lazarus, once in the Garden before his crucifixion, and here over a city where His Glory once rested. I wonder—would Jesus rejoice over my city, or would He weep?