(Dad and Mom at their 2nd pastorate in Xenia, Ohio, where I was born.)
………We now move into the “tragedy” in this great occasion. Luke 19:41, 42 read as follows:
“And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, if thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes.”
As they rounded the southern corner of Olivet, the Temple Tower and white marble walls and shining roofs of Jerusalem burst into view. In this historic and pathetic moment, Jesus beheld the city and wept. Jesus looked with profound sadness at its walls, its temples, its dwellings and towers with its thousands of historic associations of kings and prophets and holy men – and he wept. The word wept, in its original translation means that He sobbed and wailed.
Jesus loved that city; he had come to it again and again, preaching and healing and bearing the good news of the gospel. But today, Jesus gives a final call and still they were willingly and willfully deaf and blind to the message.
“[Oh], that thou hadst known….,” was His distinctive cry. Oh that thou hadst listened and responded to the call of love; would that even today you would recognize the things that make for your peace; would that even today you would hear, listen and heed.
Suddenly the curtain drops and that door of opportunity is closed forever, for Jesus said, “Now they are hid from thine eyes.” Eternal peace was within your reach but you turned it down. Israel missed her chance; she lost an opportunity. The sad history of rejecting the Son of God is being played out in our world today……….(to be continued)
— by Ralph G Finch, Jr; Sermon Collection