The Last Journey to Jerusalem

From the time of the Feast of Dedication in November-December of A.D. 32, there may have been a
couple of months of obscurity. Jesus returned to Galilee probably to flee those who were trying to kill
Him. The time of His exodus had been pictured in the ceremonial Law with the First Passover and
predicted by the Prophet Daniel.

Journey to Jerusalem Goes Through Samaria (Luke 9:51-56). As the time approached for him to be
taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. His road to the Cross is fixed. Luke 9:51
19:28 covers this last journey of Christ to Jerusalem. Jesus sent messengers ahead of Him to make
arrangements in a village of the Samaritans, but they did not receive Him because He was journeying
with His face toward Jerusalem. To go to Jerusalem to worship was a repudiation of the Samaritan
temple on Mount Gerizim. In return for animosity, James and John wanted to perform a miracle like
Elijah whom they had recently seen and destroy the unreceptive (2 Kings 1:10-12). There is no question
there conclusion was true. Those who rejected Christ will be judged, but judgment belongs to Him, not
them.

The Cost of Following Christ (Matthew 8:19-22; Luke 9:57-62). Jesus’ yoke was easy and His burden
was light because it was borne in conjunction with Him. However, it did not mean that Christ makes
light demands. To the contrary, to follow Him required one hundred percent commitment. Three men
called Jesus “Lord” but did not do what He told them to do. When he heard of possible hardships, the
first man would not deny himself. The second man was concerned about the wrong funeral—he should
have taken up his cross, died to self, and obeyed God’s will. The third man had his eyes in the wrong
direction and could not follow Christ. Their emphasis was “me” first.

Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Looking back while plowing would result in a crooked furrow. Narrow and straight is the path into the
kingdom. One cannot have his heart set on life before Christ and enter it.

The Seventy Ambassadors (Luke 10:1-24). Perea was the only section of Palestine which had not been
evangelized. As the time was short, Christ appointed seventy disciples and sent them in pairs to thirty-
five places He was to come to announce Him. The reason: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are
few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

The cities of Galilee (Chorazin, Bethsaida, Capernaum) were rejecting Him, but when the seventy
returned, they were overjoyed with their experiences of victory; and Jesus saw in those victories the
defeat of evil (v. 18). The entire Godhead was involved in this rejoicing also (Luke 10:21).

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