Matthew 23:37-39 / Luke 13:34-35…
Here we see warnings to those who will not repent of their sins. Here we also see a picture of the heart of God. He does not delight in the destruction of sinners. He delights when they turn from their sin and flee to Him for grace. Unfortunately, many who assemble with God’s people, who call themselves by the name of God and His people, actually reject His love.
The wicked are opposed to God’s saving action in others. The text doesn’t read “how often I would have gathered you” but “your children” which is not the same thing. The people that Jesus willed to gather together and the ones who would not are different. “Jerusalem” refers to the Jewish leadership, the scribes and Pharisees, who hindered Jesus from bringing the Gospel to the masses (cf. Matthew 23:12-15). “Your children” refers to the Jews suffering underneath them. Of course, many of those “would not” either. Jerusalem was the very heart and center of that nation, and its heart was hard. This is a warning to all people against unbelief.
Christ warns of the desolation which results from those who forsake Him. We have to ask the question today, is our house desolate? Does He dwell in your heart by faith, so that you are being filled up with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19)? Or have you rejected Him, are apathetic about Him, love something greater than Him? Have you not trusted in Him alone for your salvation?
Everyone will bow the knee to Christ one way or another (Philippians 2:9-11). Jesus is saying that there will come a time when He is returning in glory, but our time to believe is right now (2 Corinthians 6:2).He has warned you because He loves you.