The drama of culminating rebellion is at the brink of its most violent eruption. Jesus is the long-awaited Jewish Messiah. But “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him” (John 1:11) but instead “were seeking all the more to kill him” (John 5:18). Now, finally, we hear Him who is David’s Lord pronounce the most dreadful series of woes against His people. Behind every awful /charge/ there stands a more appalling /cause/. The King of kings is arraigning guilty rebels. It is the voice of perfect justice that resounds in unanswerable severity. Words of righteous wrath, grief, and pity burst forth like a long-pent flood, and like peals of thunder and flashes of lightning they forewarn with sound, illuminate with light, and strike with heat. Yet these woes are proclaimed from the most gentle, meek, and loving heart the world has ever known—and they are the more remarkable because of it. It is an epic exposé. It is Israel’s official indictment from her Messiah.