Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
A few of the Pharisees spoke up from the crowd.
“Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”
I wasn’t used to Pharisees trying to help Jesus. Herod did have the authority to execute people. The Roman Empire did grant him that as tetrarch.
Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!”
Jerusalem did tend to kill prophets throughout history. No one likes to hear judgment is coming.
We watched as Jesus paused, his eyes growing wet with unshed tears. He spoke with a trembling voice, “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, and 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.’”
I wondered what was going to happen to Jerusalem…