He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:10-12)
Folks, is it not mind blowing that Jesus Christ, the creator of the all things [John 1:1-3] literally walked this earth? Yes, that is what the scriptures teach us, and they also teach us that the Lord Jesus Christ was rejected by His own people. Who were His own people? That is speaking of the Jewish people, who for the most part rejected Jesus when He came to this earth. They missed the Messiah and they did not realize the time of their visitation.
And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. (Luke 19:37-44)
The followers of Jesus Christ began to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works which the Lord had done. This praise which was being directed toward Jesus, upset some of the Pharisees who were the Jewish religious crowd of that day, and they demanded that Jesus rebuke His own disciples. Jesus told the Pharisees that the stones would cry out if the disciples had held back their praise.
Jesus then began to weep over the city [Jerusalem] because the Jewish people for the most part had missed the time of their visitation. In other words they had rejected the Messiah Jesus, and they did not recognize that He was the one whom the Father had sent from above. Jesus then prophesied of the destruction of Jerusalem, a judgment which would eventually take place around 70AD.
For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. (Acts 13:27-31)
The scriptures tell us that the people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not KNOW Jesus, nor the prophets which were read every single Sabbath day, and that is why they condemned Jesus to death. They put him in a grave but God raised Him from the dead, and God still offers salvation to both the Jewish and Gentile all over the whole world. It is unfortunate, but absolutely true, that here we are almost two thousand years later and the Jewish people still do not know Jesus, nor the “voices of the prophets” which are read every Sabbath.
And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. (2 Corinthians 3:13-16)
There is a spiritual vail [veil] which remains upon the heart and mind of any person [Jewish or Gentile] who does not see their own need for Jesus Christ. The scriptures tell us that this spiritual veil will only be removed when a person turns to the Lord. That could also be described as repentance.
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark 1:14-15)