15: Going to Jerusalem
The Lord’s ministry now enters a
new phase. Jesus, knowing God’s purpose and timing, set out resolutely to
accomplish His mission. Much of the material in this section, also known as the
great travel narrative, is unique to Luke. Although Jesus would still travel
back and forth through various regions, it is clear that He was moving toward Jerusalem. In this travel
narrative, the teachings of Christ will become more dominant as He expounded
the truths of God’s kingdom, instructed the disciples, and warned the
“Now it came to pass, when the time had come for
Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem”
Did You Know…?
Village of the Samaritans (9:52): Samaritans
were particularly hostile to Jews who were on their way to observe religious
festivals in Jerusalem. It was at least a three-day journey from Galilee to
Jerusalem through Samaria, and Samaritans refused overnight shelter for the
pilgrims. Because of this antipathy, Jews traveling between Galilee and
Jerusalem frequently went on the east side of the Jordan River.
The probable site of Korazin (10:13) along with
that of Bethsaida is near Capernaum, at the north end of the Sea of Galilee,
where Jesus concentrated his ministry.
1. Why did Jesus determine to go
to Jerusalem? What can we learn from the Lord regarding our attitude toward
2. Why did the Samaritans not
3. What was the mentality of
James and John?
4. What can we learn from Jesus’
attitude toward people’s rejection?
5. Based on each of the responses
Jesus gave to the three men, explain what following Jesus involves.
5a. Verse 58
5b. Verse 60
5c. Verse 62
6a. What was the purpose of
appointing the seventy?
6b. Why did the Lord send them
out two by two? What lesson can we learn from this?
7. Why must we always remind
ourselves that “the harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few”?
8. Observe that the Lord
commanded the disciples to pray (2) and to go (3). What can we learn from this
about our ministry?
9. In your life, how are you a
laborer in God’s great harvest?
10. How would the disciples be
“as lambs among wolves”?
11. Why must the disciples travel
light (4)? Why should they not greet anyone on the road?
12. What do verses 7-8 teach us
about the attitude and lifestyle of an evangelist?
11. Why should we rejoice over
our eternal life instead of rejoicing over having authority over our enemy?
12. Who are the wise and prudent?
Who are the babes?
13. What do 21 and 22 teach about
14. In verse 24, what did the
disciples see and hear?