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Jesus’ Escape from Assassination Attempts


Before the God-determined time for his death, Jesus had escaped from the assassination attempts of his enemies:

1. After Jesus read from the scripture and preached in the synagogue in Nazareth, the people there “were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away” (Lk 4:28-30).

2. During a theological dispute between Jesus and the Jews in the Temple area, “they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area” (Jn 8:59).

3. Jesus was walking about in the Temple on the Portico of Solomon during the feast of the Dedication. During his discussion with the Jews, he said, “‘The Father and I are one.’ The Jews again picked up rocks to stone him” (Jn 10:30-31). After further discussion, “They tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power” (Jn 10:39).

4. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the tomb, the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and agreed to kill Jesus. “So from that day on they planned to kill him. So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but he left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he remained with his disciples” (Jn 11:53-54).


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