LUKE 13:31-35

Verses 31-35 “31The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
32And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
33Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
35Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Apparently, Herod was tired of the attention that Jesus was getting and was ready to kill Him, as he had killed John the Baptist.  No doubt, Herod was caving in to pressure from the Pharisees on the matter.  Herod was a weak and evil man.  Jesus would not be intimidated because He knew that He had come into the world to die, and all of this was in the hands of God.  Jesus then says something about the city of Jerusalem, something that He said on more than one occasion (Matt 23:37-39).  He said, “How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!”  “I would…but ye would not.”  These words teach us that Jesus wants to save sinners.  The problem is that sinners do not want to be saved.  God is always ready to receive sinners.  Jesus came to die on the cross to save sinners.  It is the sinners fault if he is unsaved.

 

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