“He saw the city and wept over it, saying, If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace…” but you “…did not know the time of your visitation” (Luke 17:41-42, 44).
The setting of those words by Jesus was the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry. He was just a couple of days from His sacrificial work on the cross. The mass majority of the people followed Him because of the wonders He performed…the entirety of Jewish leadership rejected Him for who He was, and in jealousy of His popularity among the people.
The Apostle John put it simply: “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11). That was the cause of Jesus weeping over the City. The Capitol of His Chosen People, His City, the City of the Great King (Psalm 48:2; Matthew 5:35) had refused and rejected Him. The masses of Jewish people hadn’t known their day…the day that made for their peace…the time of their visitation.
Jack Hayford’s book, The Divine Visitor, describes Him as when He was about to leave this Earth…33 years earlier He arrived as a baby. Isaiah prophesied 700 years before: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Marvel Comic Books has Superman coming to Earth as a baby, to escape his doomed planet, Krypton, but Christ, the Son of the Living God, left the unspeakable glories of His Heaven and came to a doomed planet soaked in sin, shame, suffering and death. He came in “the fullness of the time” when “…God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba, Father! (Galatians 4:4-6).
Today, that same Holy Spirit is on Earth to help all human beings not miss their day of visitation! Open the door!