31 At that time, some Pharisees approached Jesus and said, “Go! Get away from here, because Herod wants to kill you.” 32 Jesus said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Look, I’m throwing out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work.33 However, it’s necessary for me to travel today, tomorrow, and the next day because it’s impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who were sent to you! How often I have wanted to gather your people just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you didn’t want that. 35 Look, your house is abandoned. I tell you, you won’t see me until the time comes when you say, Blessings on the one who comes in the Lord’s name.”
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Yeshua was warned by some of the Pharisees that Herod was out to do him in. Yeshua had some choice words for Herod, but refused to be diverted from his final mission. He notes the irony of Jerusalem (the “City of Peace”) being anything but a haven of peace for God’s prophets. Yeshua deeply desires a fuller response to his mission from the people of Israel; and he is growing increasingly aware that it’s not likely to happen until after his death.
Yeshua knows that his only option is to remain faithful to the insistence in the name of God (perhaps) that is burning in his heart and motivating his every action. So, it’s on to Jerusalem.