He wept over it ...
And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
Is there a more accurate image of God's response to sinful humanity than this one? With tear filled eyes the Lord God incarnate speaks prophetic words over the city and people that he so loves. Seeing the City of David once again reminds Jesus of the darkness that had overwhelmed this city on a hill. Would that the religious leaders repented before him and bowed to his authority. Alas, the darkness is getting thicker and the enemy's hold on the city stronger.
The phrase "you did not know the time of your visitation" sends chills through me. If I were writing the script I think that I would have given the city a few more years. I mean Jesus was only 33 and had many more years to influence a new generation to believe. Truthfully, God's timetable bears no resemblance to our own. After 3 years of rejection, the visitation of the Son of God was coming to a close. Yet no one knew that within a week Jesus would be murdered.
Come Holy Spirit. Please do not let me be ignorant to the time of Your visitation.