AS THE CAMP at
was being established, Jesus, taking with him
Nathaniel and Thomas, secretly went up to
to attend the
feast of the dedication.
Not until they passed over the
ford, did the two
become aware that their Master was going on to Jerusalem. When they perceived that he really intended to be present at the feast of dedication, they
remonstrated with him most earnestly, and using every sort of argument, they sought to dissuade him. But their efforts were of no avail; Jesus was
determined to visit Jerusalem. To all their entreaties and to all their warnings emphasizing the folly and danger of placing himself in the hands of
he would reply only, "I would give these teachers in Israel another opportunity to see the light, before my hour comes."
164:0.2 On they went toward
Jerusalem, the two
apostles continuing to express their feelings of fear and to voice their doubts about the
wisdom of such an apparently presumptuous undertaking. They reached
about half past four and prepared to lodge there for the night.
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