After being scourged, Jesus struggles to carry the cross to Golgotha. A man named Simon, who is from Cyrene, is recruited from the crowd against his will. The cross is put on him, and he is forced to walk behind Jesus. Jesus remarks to the women who are mourning and wailing over Him, “If men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” (Luke 23:31, NIV) He warns these women of Jerusalem not to weep for Him but to weep for themselves and their children. “You think things are bad now; wait til I’m gone. One day, you will envy the barren woman. You will look to the mountains and beg them to fall on you. You will seek cover under the hills.”
Jesus says men are evil. Even in His presence, knowing His goodness, men crucify Him. Jesus warns that if men will behave in this manner when He is on earth, then think what they will do when His physical presence is gone. Of course, much evil has befallen Jerusalem and the world since Jesus. I’m certain women in concentration camps in Hitler’s Germany mourned that they had ever had children; that children suffered such horrors. Oh that the hills might have covered them all.
“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.” (Malachi 4:1)