Luke 13:34-35 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'"

We know that Jesus died so that all men might be saved and given eternal life. The problem is that there are many who do not think they need to be saved. Its not that they think they are perfect, but they think that, if they are better than most, if they are mostly good, if they try their best – how ever you want to say it – there are some people who think that they will be saved by their works. The problem is that the message of God is clear, and it has not changed – throughout the OT the prophets called the people to repent, because the Kingdom of God was near – the message of John the Baptist, was also Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand – even Jesus, at the beginning of his ministry defines it in terms of calling sinners Luke 5:32 "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

There are some people who do not believe they are sinners, they see themselves as righteous, not because Jesus blood has washed away all their sins – not because Baptism daily drowns the old sinful nature, and daily we are renewed, and rise to a new life that is given us by God in Christ –not because of anything which God has done – but they see themselves as righteous because they live a good life and do good deeds. Because they believe themselves to be righteous, they do not believe they need a savior.

So how much does God want all men to be saved? God wants all men to be saved so much that he is willing to do whatever it takes, even to save the self righteous. And that’s what our text is about. For some people, it might be enough just to accuse them of killing the prophets of God, for it is such an evil thing that can’t imagine being part of it, so they look, see their self righteousness, and repent – its not that this is a meritorious thing, God points to the evil, and it is undeniable and inexcusable – they come to see that all their good works were but filthy rags.

But there are still some who will not see, who do not repent – and that’s when the thing which is most truly remarkable happens – for Jesus goes to Jerusalem, knowing that he will die there – its not that he wants to die, but he is willing to do everything necessary to call all to repentance – he is willing to be betrayed – he is willing to suffer – he is willing to die – so that even the most hardened heart, when they look on him who they have pierced, will see their sins, repent, and receive the gift that Jesus gave from the cross, when he spoke and said "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."

It is necessary to see yourself as lost, before you see a need for a savior.

But once you see your sins, you desire to see the one who has come in the name of the Lord, bringing salvation for all mankind, Jesus Christ.