It is heart breaking to see Jesus weeping over the people in Jerusalem. Even knowing in a little while they would crucify Him. He laments the fact that they knew what to do to have peace with God but would not follow that route. He foretold the destruction of that city that would come in 40 years.
Jesus told them their enemies would overwhelm them, they would barricade them hemming them in from every side. He prophesied that the city would be razed.
Why, would these horrible things happen to them? Because they rejected the one who came to bring true life and peace. Our Lord is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), the Lord of Peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16), the God of Peace (Romans 16:20). To embrace Jesus and His teachings is to accept God’s terms of peace (Philippians 4:9). Sadly, the crowd’s cheers of “Hosanna, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord” turned to “Give us Barabbas and crucify Jesus.” They rejected the Lord and the peace and abundant life he came to offer (John 10:10).
Lest we become smug about the foolish evil people of Jesus’ day let us answer the question, “Am I rejecting the path for peace?” Have I come to Jesus seeking salvation through His precious blood that made peace (Colossians 1:20)? Have I repented of my sins? Have I confessed His name before others? Have I been immersed in water where I contact the blood that washes away sin (Romans 6:1-4)? Am I now living to glorify Him and avoiding wickedness? If not then you have rejected the only way to have peace. Today is the day to make peace with God and His precious Son (2 Corinthians 6:2). Is Jesus weeping over you and the fact that you are lost? Come to Him today!