As He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it [and the spiritual ignorance of its people], saying, “If [only] you had known on this day [of salvation], even you, the things which make for peace [and on which peace depends]! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. For a time [of siege] is coming when your enemies will put up a barricade [with pointed stakes] against you, and surround you [with armies] and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground, you [Jerusalem] and your children within you. They will not leave in you one stone on another, all because you did not[come progressively to] recognize [from observation and personal experience] the time of your visitation [when God was gracious toward you and offered you salvation].” – Luke 19:41-44
The Jesus who wept over our coldness of heart finally made us willing in a day of His power to end this alienation and submit to His lordship, but how we regret that we grieved His Spirit. He was so patient with us. His longsuffering to you is to bring you to repentance. The Son of God came, as He said He would, two thousand years ago, and since that time He has sent His servants into the world to gather together His people in congregations large and small and when they have met in His name, without exception, He has been there. “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it,” He has promised. Make Him rejoice, not grieve, as He finds you and welcomes you, a prodigal, at last come home.
Who can behold the holy Jesus, looking forward to the miseries that awaited his murderers, weeping over the city where his precious blood was about to be shed, without seeing that the likeness of God in the believer, consists much in good-will and compassion? Surely those cannot be right who take up any doctrines of truth, so as to be hardened towards their fellow-sinners. But let every one remember, that though Jesus wept over Jerusalem, he executed awful vengeance upon it. Though he delights not in the death of a sinner, yet he will surely bring to pass his awful threatenings on those who neglect his salvation. The Son of God did not weep vain and causeless tears, nor for a light matter, nor for himself. He knows the value of souls, the weight of guilt, and how low it will press and sink mankind. May he then come and cleanse our hearts by his Spirit, from all that defiles. May sinners, on every side, become attentive to the words of truth and salvation. – Matthew Henry
Unless you’re washed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus is weeping over you. Unless, by the Spirit, you have given your life and your heart to Him, Jesus is weeping over you. Unless you know Jesus as Savior and Lord, He is weeping over you. – Adrian Dieleman