One of the most compelling statements that was ever made by Jesus Christ to Jerusalem, and the people of Israel is found here:

O 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! Behold, 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. (Luke 13:34-35)

What a stinging rebuke was spoken here, against the majority of the people of Israel who rejected Jesus as the Christ (Messiah). This was a cry from the deepest part of the heart of Jesus. This was a cry that came from the heart of the same Christ who led the children of Israel, from the time of Abraham to Moses and after. This is confirmed by Paul, the Jewish, convert in the following passage of scripture:

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:1-4)

The very same Christ, who was the spiritual Rock for Israel in the days of old, was now manifest in the flesh and telling them that desolation awaited them. The Lord was prophesying of the ultimate destruction of Jerusalem which occurred around 70 AD. Jesus told the Jewish people of His time that their house was left to them desolate because they missed the very Messiah who was sent to them. The very Messiah of whom the prophets spoke was standing before them but he was rejected by them. Not only that, but Jesus the Christ (Messiah) knew that He also would be put to death by the Jewish religious leaders.Jesus linked the people of Jerusalem with their ancestors who went before them, and those who killed the Lord’s prophets who were sent to them. If you study the scriptures you will see how the Lord was always dealing with the children of Israel and sending the prophets, such as Jeremiah and Ezekiel, to warn them to turn from their evil ways, but the warnings were mostly dismissed. So here the Lord Jesus Christ told the people of Jerusalem that He so desired to take them under His wing (like a mother hen) but they were not willing to come to Him. The opportunity to repent and come unto the Lord was given to the people of Israel, but the majority of them refused to come to Him. (John 1:11-12)Jesus the Christ (Messiah) knew full well that the Jewish religious leaders were going to put Him to death, but He also knew that He was going to get back up again from the dead:

From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. (Matthew 16:21)

Jesus the Christ (Messiah) rose from the dead just as He said He would, and this is what He said to His followers as He was sharing a meal with them:

And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. (Luke 24:44-48)

That same message has been preached for nearly two thousand years now, and it has never changed. The message is exactly the same for either Jew or Gentile.

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:10-12)