"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Matthew 23:37
For three and one-half years Jesus had preached to and prayed for His people.
"...He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." John 1:11