31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s like the fox guarding the hen house?”
Think about that for a moment. What does it mean?
Some examples of that might be having a bank robber running a bank. Or having the worst student running a class while the teacher is out. Or having a cat guard the mice.
In our lesson today from Luke, the Pharisees tell Jesus that the governor of his area is going to kill him. His name was Herod. Jesus says to the Pharisees, “Tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.”
Jesus wasn’t afraid of the fox. He still had to stay on His course to the cross.
Then Jesus says something surprising. He says that He has wanted to gather the people of the city of Jerusalem for a long time. Jesus has wanted to gather them like a hen gathers its children.
Hens do that. They gather the chicks to protect them.
But, what do you do when the chicks don’t want to be gathered? When they run away from their mom?
That doesn’t scare off the hen. She goes looking for her chicks. And, that’s what Jesus does, too. He went straight into the Fox’s house and started stealing all the chicks. Jesus was the Hen in the fox house.
And Jesus didn’t just take the good people. He took the sick, the demon-possessed and the bad people. Jesus raided the fox’s house.
And the fox’s house was emptied. And the Pharisees’ house was emptied. Jesus Christ has gathered an uncountable number of people over the last 2,000 years. He keeps raiding the worst fox’s home, too. He keeps stealing people from the devil’s house and bringing them into His own house.
And guess what? He has gathered you here, into the church. Look around you and see all the other chicks. Jesus Christ has gathered all of us under His wings (outstretch your arms) through His death and resurrection.
The fox’s house has been raided. And Jesus has stolen you into His Kingdom.