Luke 19:28 (NIV)
“After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.”
John 11:55 (NIV)
“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover.”
In my Harmony of the Gospels these two verses follow closely one after the other.
As I think of you, knowing something of what many of you are called to endure; knowing, too, that there must be much in life of which He only knows; these two verses come to me again and again.
So long as we are content to be with the many going up to Jerusalem (doing the usual religious things in the usual way), our enemy cares not one bit. But he is on the alert the moment we leave the many and ‘Follow the One’, in His so different way of life, and if we persist, our enemy is brought to anger.
Then comes the stinging arrows of the archers (sharp trials of flesh or of spirit or both). “With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility. But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.” (Genesis 49:23-24 NIV) So it was with Joseph. So it was with the Greater than he, so it will be with us.
Do we need to fear? The Lord give it to us not to fear, but to rejoice.