Luke 19:41-42 And when he drew near and saw the city (Jerusalem), he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!”
Jesus is approaching the city, coming down from the Mount of Olives, he is able to see over all of Jerusalem, the temple mount is immediately across the valley. His memory goes back to his years of preaching and doing miracles there, to worshiping the Father there throughout his life during the religious holidays, and back to his time in the temple as a young boy talking with the priests.
Then his memory goes back further; to the repeated conquering of the city by foreign kingdoms, back further to the rebuilding of the temple and the city walls after Israel’s exile in Babylon, back further to the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the first temple, back further to the wicked kings who rebelled against him and killed his prophets, back further to the building of the first temple by King Solomon, then back to the inauguration of King David, and even further to the conquering of the land by his newly rescued nation, and back to the initial promise he made to Abraham as they both looked over the land that would be the home to his people Israel.
He looks down on this city and He cries out, would that you, Jerusalem, irony of ironies “the city of peace”, even you had known on this day the things that made for peace!
He was right there, riding on a donkey, coming to pay with his own blood the penalty for all of our sins. The God of the universe came down to earth to personally be crucified, be buried and rise again one the third day to conquer death and bring us salvation.
God is good… ALL the time!!