Ministry in and Around Perea

Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days.
Here he stayed (John 10:40).

Entrance into the Kingdom (Luke 13:22-30). Then Jesus went through the towns and villages,
teaching as he made His way to Jerusalem. Even though three months had to transpire before His
appointed time would come, Jesus was pressing toward the excruciating experience for which He had
come into the world.

Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every
effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”
Jesus makes the question personal, “Will you be among the saved?” It takes “every effort” to enter the
kingdom. If a person fails to take salvation seriously, they will find the door shut and somebody else
taking their place at the feast! Those who think they are first (like the Pharisees) will find themselves
last, while those who humbly think themselves last (the sinners) will find themselves first.

The Reason Many People are Lost (Luke 13:31-35). Since Jesus was in the territory ruled by Herod
Antipas, the Pharisees thought they could frighten Him; but they were greatly mistaken. They wanted
Him to go to Judea where they had the authority to deal with Him, but He knew their plan. He was not
afraid. He lived on a divine timetable and knew that He could not die until His hour had come (John 2:4;
7:30; 8:20; 13:1; 17:1). And He knew also the place of His death—Jerusalem. The thought of Jerusalem
brings forth a lament.

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have
longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were
not willing! Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until
you say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 13:34-35; Psalm 118:26).

The nation was lost because it wasted its opportunities to be saved. But God is gracious, one day all
Israel will be saved when they recognize the One whom they have pierced (Zechariah 12:10-13:1;
Matthew 24:30-31; John 19:34; Romans 11:26).

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