“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
(Matthew 23:37-39 ESV)
Today’s passage constitutes Jesus’ final publicly spoken words. In two days He will be dead. He will be spend His remaining time in the company of His disciples, teaching them some final things that they need to know.
These words of Jesus were spoken after He had severely rebuked Israel for their rejection of God, His prophets, and His Son. Jesus then made it clear that He had always been willing to offer mercy to…
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