Have you ever wondered what Jesus was thinking when he wept?
Just after he had marched toward Jerusalem victorious (Palm Sunday), Jesus wept when he saw the city. Luke records Jesus' words:
"If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you."
Jesus wept because with remorse because people in the city were unable to see the peace that he was bringing. The Kingdom of God had come. Jesus was restoring people: healing the sick, the lame, the blind, the sinner, and the saint. Those who did not come to Jesus were missing a chance at a new life.
Jesus wept because the time was passing for people in the city to know peace. Jesus death would bring God's wrath upon the city. With Jesus there, the city had time to repent, to seek life, to change -- but the people did not avail themselves of it. Maybe they did not believe... maybe they were busy... maybe they only followed for the show... Jesus wept for them all.
Jesus wept because they missed God's coming. Ultimately, Jesus came so that people might know him and receive new life. When Jesus came that day, many people followed him. Many more stayed at home. He wept for those who missed the opportunity to be reconciled to God simply because they had better things to do. Those things were probably good, but the thing they missed was priceless.