I wonder if the Pharisees were those who believed in Jesus or the ones who didn’t. It affects the way we understand their actions. If they were friends they were trying to help Jesus, if they were who didn’t, then they wanted him to go away.
I am more inclined to believe they were trying to get Jesus to leave the area. Fear is a good way to get someone to do what you want. Jesus however, is not daunted. The work he must do is more important than the threat of death. In fact Jesus must die in Jerusalem.
Jesus then laments for Jerusalem, not the place, but for the people. The imagery of that hen protecting and sheltering its chicks., how loving and caring. Jesus says they were not willing. We could shack our head at their refusal, but how must Jesus feel wanting them to come and having them turn away.
The last verse seems a bit cryptic, ‘…I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” I believe he is saying that they have lost their last chance at that time, in the living world, to turn, and now they will only see him when they acknowledge him as Lord in their hearts.
Jesus’ strength to face his death is inspiring and daunting. If we knew where and when we would die, would we approach it confidently? When we look at Jesus love for the people, even those who did not accept him or love him, we are ask ourselves if we could love the way Jesus loved?
As we look at Jesus’ life we are made aware of what it is to the true life in faith. I believe it is meant to humble us, and realize how far we have to go to be worth of God’s love through our own actions.
The cross is a reminder of that love and action. We thank God, as Creator and Jesus, that they love us despite our failings and willingly took any expectation that we could be right in our own power.