41 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep.42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. 43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.”
Why does the Saviour weep whilst the people rejoice?
Jesus began to weep for the city, as he surveys it’s beauty from the Mount of Olives, he’s sees a pristine veneer concealing a spiritual emptiness.
The reality of so much of the Biblical narrative is that while God gives great freedom and permission, people tend to walk in disobedience.
Jesus was aware of things that were soon to happen to Jerusalem and begins to weep. It must have been a surprise to those beside Him, and there were many. There was a great crowd of His disciples following Him. In the midst of all the excitement and expectation, Jesus is crying.
The unrepentant sinner, the unrepentant town, the unrepentant nation strains the heart of God.
Perhaps the most heart wrenching verse for me in this passage is verse 44:
You did not recognize it when God visited you.
May that never be the response of our lives, our town, our nation.