Here, Jesus lamented the obstinacy of these Jewish religious leaders. asking: AHow often would I have gathered thy children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and ye would not@ (Matt. 23:37). In the same vein, Jesus wants to bring all that will, today, under His saving, protecting, providing, healing, etc, wing (Matt. 11:28,29; Jn. 10:16).
Concluding, He said Your house is left to you desolate … Ye shall not see my face henceforth, till ye shall say, >Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord@ (Matt. 23:38,39).
Of course, Jesus came first of all to seek and to save the lost sheep of the house of Israel; to gather them under His wings, but they would not (Matt. 10:5,6; 23:37; Lk. 19:10;).
As a result, the chapter of Israel had been closed, to be reopened in the great tribulation, the suffering and mourning of which will make them to cry out for their Messiah.
So, at the 2nd advent, preceded by this great tribulation, the remnant of Israel will, in repentance, acknowledge Jesus Christ, and so be saved (cp. Isa. 26:17; Hos. 5:15; Zech. 12:10; Rom. 11:26).
As the Gentile/Church age is fast winding up, do not miss your chance. After now, there will be no second chance. Be not among those who will cry Ahad I know@ (cp. Jer. 8:20; Lk. 13:23-30).
Rise and let us pray.
Fellowship Song (HSCF 281).