Pharisees warn Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity More about King over Galilee who executed John the Baptist and mocked Jesus before the crucifixion. More. Jesus responds that he will not face death until he arrives at Jerusalem.
Laments over cities, their crimes, their failures, and their leaders are common in the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Jesus speaks as a prophet in this scene as he learns that a ruler is opposing him and as he speaks about Jerusalem’s resistance to God’s prophets. These verses foretell Jesus’ death even as they convey his deep regret for the city’s refusal to receive comfort and protection from him. Jesus will address related statements to Jerusalem in The "beloved physician" and companion of Paul More 19:41-44.