After Jesus had spent time around Bethabara, He began to work His way back toward Jerusalem visiting the cities and villages in Perea as He returned.
A man who possibly had heard the parables of the mustard seed and leaven asked Jesus, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”
Jesus answered him by stating that when this life is over or He comes back, whichever is first, there will be no second chances. Many will think that their good deeds and “good moral life” will allow admittance into the kingdom of God. Our effort is not to be half-hearted, but to be a striving to obey—to do God’s will.
The Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.”
Jesus explained again that it was not the time for Him to die. He also explained that since Jerusalem was notorious for killing prophets, it would be appropriate for Him to die there, instead of at His present location.
Since so many prophets had been killed in Jerusalem, the city of David, Jesus gave a great lamentation over the city. He expressed His great love for the people of Jerusalem, even though they had rejected Him. He has that same love for us. Will we reject Him also?