65 The ear of the heart to the Gospel

Luke 13:31-35
Isaiah 63:16-17
T Use a plot

The text of this morning begins with (31) "at that time". This seems that Jesus has entered Perea across the Jordan, but some Pharisees approached Him and said. "Go away and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You." (31)@Probably, the trend of Jesus in the Jewish district reached the ear of Herod Antipass who had come to his another territory / Perea, without leaking the minutest details; he inherited Perea from father Herod the Great. Because he turned to the excitement of feeling just after he executed John the Baptist to obstructive Jesus, he might be full of thought to cross out this person by all means. Would Herod be frightened by Jesus who would come to threaten his throne before long, and who was talked as the Messiah? The great Father Herod was so, too. These Pharisees were people who were going to follow legalism on the stage of synagogue in Perea, and probably they received notification from elders of Jerusalem and knew that Jesus comes to Perea and seemed to wait Him. It is thought that they stuck to the important post which could meet King directly, and they thought that they could push aside Jesus from Perea, by conveying the urge to kill of Herod. Possibly, they were not satisfied by pushing Jesus aside, and might have aimed at His life. In a Jewish district, Pharisees of the co-worker were argued down on the Sabbath by Jesus just the other day (13:10-17). Because the Pharisee agreed with Herod at a point that the existence of Jesus was extremely dangerous to themselves, probably it is thought that Herod sent them to Jesus. It would be Pharisees who told the coming of Jesus to Perea to Herod, and they instigated it. However, they hesitated the reckless action to arrest Jesus who was loved by a large number of people in Perea, and, at first, they began the action to send Jesus out of Perea. They will intend to aim when He goes out of Perea. Because the robber were rampant in those days, the responsibility should be transformed to them; if did so, we might not buy the antipathy of the people.


U Determination of the Lord

Jesus saw such their intention and guessed their malice and said, "Go and tell that fox" (32). "The fox", is it not the image that is really good for Herod who uses a stratagem? Jesus did not care power of the King at all. "Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal. Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem." (32-33) The work of Jesus, "He casts out demons and performs cures, qand preaches the Gospelr", is continued "today and tomorrow". And nobody can stop this at all; it seems to hear determined determination of Jesus. However, Jesus said "and the third day I reach My goal". Probably it is thought that He said such work was coming to an end rapidly, even though Herod did not understand the real intention. After a short stay Jesus left Perea; but afterwards He went north to the neighborhood of Samaria; and went to south at a quick pace, from there. A festival of the Passover that was an aim of the entering Jerusalem of Jesus would approach. His trip to go around towns and villages seemed to be coming to the end. His Jerusalem entry into a fortress waits several weeks later.

The event, "A prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem", was right approaching. This "prophet" will be Jesus whom they (Herod and his people) want never to recognize as the Messiah and probably they have demoted Him as a prophet. However, they, kings, killed the prophets of old times because they were disadvantageous for them. King Jehosua who killed Zacharias (2 Chronicles 24:22) and King Jehoiakim who killed Uriah with a sword (Jeremiah 26:23) were so. Jesus had seen that Herod would surely murder Him. But they seemed to have a secret plan to kill Jesus at the place where He went out of Perea, but Jesus said against their will, "the place I will die is Jerusalem". Jerusalem ticked away the history as a compensation place of God, since Abraham was going to give childie Isaac to God. A sacrifice of the Jewish expiation had been given in that ground, since the times of the first shrine and the second shrine built on the mountain of Moriya; but, many prophets have lost their life at there, it was because they were messengers of God entrusted with a message of God.

Jesus who was hung on a cross for our sin "could not be killed outside of Jerusalem." That cross approached every moment..


V The ear of the heart to the Gospel

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, 'Behold is He who comes in the name of the Lord!'" (34-35) There is a place said to have been grieved while Jesus looks at Jerusalem from here, in the corner of the olive mountains of looking down at the capital of Jerusalem. The small pillar of a tree which was written such a thing stood there. The same article of Matthew (23:37-39) seems to show such situation. However, Luke inserted that article here. His eyes have already faced Jerusalem, not Herod. The collapse of Jerusalem happened on AD70 year by the Roma forces marched to suppress the Jewish revolt; but Luke was still in good health at that time, and probably he was in Ephesus (a grave which was conveyed of him is there). However, Luke had not written this Gospel while expecting at least Jerusalem collapse.

It is thought that he was not going to talk about the future of Jerusalem, but he might have inserted this article here about what kind of things will wait Jesus, and what kind of things will happen to Him in Jerusalem from now, as if a reader (we) watches it with a magnifying glass. Jesus is left by people and murdered; the interest of Luke is turned to that one point. Will it be more correct to call it the Gospel of Jesus? "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"; It is that the people cried at the golden gate at Jerusalem entry into a fortress, but, ironically, when they have invited the situation of the cross, they have run to hostility. It will be that the same scene will reappear. The eyes of Luke writing this Gospel watch Jesus of resurrection (probably, the second coming is repeated there), not only the cross, now. This "Jerusalem", it will not be the capital where we can overlook from the olive mountain, but if I say furthermore, will it repeat the town where we live, the sin of ourselves and us there? This was a message to his times and the later foreigner church. Jesus has been hung on a cross for our sin; and has revived for completion of the salvation; and the promise of the second coming of Jesus. I wish, please hear this "Gospel", a message of Luke, heartily.



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