HIS ENTOURAGE TRAVEL TO BETHANY-The Gospel writers recorded the
details of Jesus' Life and Ministry, especially the last week of His
supernatural Life upon this physical earth.
They often used the Old Testament Scriptures as it was revealed to them how clearly Jesus had fulfilled The Pledges of God in the role of their expected King, The Messiah, who brought God's Redemption of His people as The Lamb of God and the long term reign, of Jesus, The Christ.
Jesus had predicted His own death to come in Jerusalem. He explained to His disciples that He must suffer humiliation, be mocked and flogged, be condemned to death by crucifixion. He must suffer at the hands of the Religious Elders, the Chief Priests and the teachers of The Law.
Prior to His last remaining days He concentrated upon preparing His disciples of the coming opposition that He must be killed and on the third day He would be raised from the dead.
It was time for the Passover, which was the most important religious pilgrimages of all the Jewish annual ceremonies. The celebration was combined with The Feast of Unleavened Bread. Passover lasted seven days and commemorated the deliverance of God's people from bondage in Egypt.
All physically abled Jewish males were required to attend and Jesus arrived at the village of Bethany, situated about two miles (3 km) south-east of Jerusalem, six days before the Passover Celebrations. Bethany had become the final stop for Jesus before Jerusalem and He stayed His final week there with Martha, Mary and their brother and friend of Jesus, Lazarus, the man whom Jesus had recently brought back to life.
This hospitable home was a place of welcome for Jesus in Judea where He often had stayed when He visited the southern area of Israel and He continued to stay there at the home of his closest friends in the rural community as He ministered in Jerusalem. Jesus spent each night of this last week at Bethany, the home of His friends.
When the local people of Jerusalem heard of Jesus' arrival, they flocked to see Him. The Chief priests wanted to kill Lazarus as well as Jesus, for many Jewish Teachers had deserted them and believed in Jesus, for they knew that Jesus brought Lazarus back to life after he had died and had been buried for four days. This was done for the Glory of God. At that time, the peaceful and secluded village of Ancient Bethany, located on the Mount of Olives' eastern slope, with the road between, providing a ready avenue for travel, occupied an important place in the life of Jesus.
Besides a number of smaller references to Bethany, Jesusí ascension was the final event that took place there and Bethany provided the location for Jesus' final blessing to His disciples at His subsequent parting. †
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