Vs. 34, “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.“ Jesus was filled with grief as He knew so many would reject the love of the Father. Jesus would deal with the question about where was God in the midst of tragedy (vs. 1-9)…He would give us a parable of the fruitless fig tree to show us that we must bear fruit. We also see the short-sightedness of the Jews as they were more concerned with following the Law rather than reaching out to heal someone (vs. 10-17). And lastly, we are reminded that we all have the opportunity to accept Jesus…sadly, not all of us do.
Regarding application…Salvation Reality. Vs. 23, “Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” It’s a very valid question…and one that should not be taken lightly. The Good News is available for everyone…but not everyone will respond. No wonder Jesus wept thinking of all those who would harden their hearts. It’s very confusing when you think about why so many people choose to reject the Gospel. It reminds me of Cain & Abel…they had the same upbringing…same parents, but one would choose to be evil. But we know that God is “just” and He has given all of us the same opportunity to know Him. Let’s not give up doing our part in furthering His kingdom!