Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem

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Bible Text: Acts 21:1-14 | Series:

Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem

Acts 21:1–14

After He completed His ministry the Lord Jesus Christ journeyed to Jerusalem to give His life as a sacrifice for sin - Luke 9:51 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

  1. Paul’s journey to Jerusalem was a fulfillment of God’s will - 21:1–3
    1. Paul was chosen by Christ to be His apostle to the Gentiles - Galatians 2:8 for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles
    2. Paul fulfilled the ministry of planting churches in Asia, Macedonia, and Greece - Romans 15:23
    3. Paul completed that ministry but the work is never done until the Lord returns! Paul was ready to continue - Romans 15:24
    4. Paul’s journey to Jerusalem was the climax and consummation of his entire apostleship to the Gentiles - Romans 15:16; 25–33
    5. Paul departed from Greece going through Macedonia ( 20:3), crossed over to Asia (20:6), then sailed across the Mediterranean (21:1–2) to land at Tyre (21:3), then further to Caesarea, and finally up to Jerusalem.
  1. Paul knew very clearly what his journey to Jerusalem would mean - 4–14
    1. Was it God’s will for Paul to go to Jerusalem?
    2. The brethren at Tyre did not convince Paul to avoid Jerusalem.
    3. Paul continued his journey after meeting with the church at Ptolemais.
    4. Philip and his is four virgin daughters were a foreshadowing (not a fulfillment) of the promise of the Holy Spirit - Acts 2:17–18
    5. The prophet Agabus (Acts 11:27–30), in Old Testament fashion, dramatically foretold what would happen to Paul at Jerusalem.
    6. All the brethren pleaded with Paul not to go to Jerusalem!
    7. Nevertheless, Paul was determined to go and God’s will was done.

Paul made his journey just as the Lord Jesus made His. Jesus knew that the journey would end in His death. His friends also didn’t understand and urged Him not to go.

The “journey to Jerusalem” is the pilgrimage all of the saints are called to make. It is the self-sacrificial journey of doing the will of God in your life - Acts 21:14

The journey is difficult. Satan will try to stop you, the world will often distract you, and your family and friends may not understand but the will of the Lord be done.

When you arrive you have come to the place of full surrender.

Are you on that journey? Have you surrendered your life to Jesus Christ?

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