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Well finally after a summer break, we return to the gospel of Luke and chapter 17. We have long awaited the beginning of this chapter and jumping back into it we enter again the teaching of our Lord Jesus in the final months of His life as He approaches Jerusalem to die and rise again. He's been on this journey since chapter 9 verse 51 which tells us that He set Himself to go to Jerusalem. He will arrive in the nineteenth chapter and verse 28 where it says He is going on ahead, ascending to Jerusalem. So from chapter 9 to chapter 19, the final months of Jesus' ministry as He approaches Jerusalem.

And during this time, His focus is on teaching the gospel of the Kingdom in the broadest sense and He does that to very large crowds of people. He is not moving in a direct line to Jerusalem, it wouldn't take Him that long to get there, not months, only a matter of a few days. The land of Israel is small. But He is traversing the land back and forth, up and down, town, village, city, countryside. Everywhere He can go to preach the gospel of the Kingdom, to perform miracles, to cast out demons, to lay convincing evidence that He is the Messiah who brings the message of salvation and the offer of the Kingdom.

And along the way He does draw massive crowds. In fact, in the twelfth chapter of Luke's gospel and verse 1, we read, "So many thousands of the multitude had gathered together that they were stepping on one another." And the language here would indicate that there were multiple tens of thousands of people that came to hear Jesus. He is speaking to those crowds and we see that in the flow of these chapters in the chronicle of these last months of His ministry, preaching to the widest possible audience in the land of Israel, the glorious gospel of salvation and the Kingdom of God...salvation by God's grace through faith in Him....

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