LIVE@5 – Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Luke 13:31–35 (NKJV)
In this brief interchange, Jesus establishes to the Pharisees that He does not fear man, nor does He intend to be stopped from the purpose for which He was born. He will not be intimidated by Herod, nor will He stay away from Jerusalem, for He knows that He is destined to die there for the sins of the world, and His compassion for the city is deep and powerful.
31 On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.”Luke 13:31-35
32 And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’ 33 Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.
34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”
Some of the Pharisees felt a responsibility to warn Jesus of Herod’s threats, but Jesus responds with a statement that He will perform miracles for two days, and then go into Jerusalem. This would take Him into the city on the week before Passover, and He will be feted by the masses, with cries of Hosanna and blessings. This prophetic utterance sets part of the timeline for Jesus’ triumphal entry one week before His demise. Jesus speaks of His deep desire to redeem and comfort Jerusalem, the center of religious activity for the Jews, but also a place that has rejected true prophets and people who have spoken on behalf of God. Jesus will receive the same fate of death, as they were stoned and He will be crucified. This three day journey through Bethany and on to Jerusalem is the beginning of the end of Jesus’ life prior to His crucifixion and resurrection.
Be sure that–while doing the “work of the Lord” and being a good church person–you don’t reject the very person who could bring the word of the Lord into your life. While Jesus’ purpose including His death, the death of the prophets was most likely an unfortunate result of the Jews’ stubbornness and unwillingness to hear the literal voice of God. Hear from heaven and receive the word of Lord. Only then will you know His truth for yourself.