As his third and final journey closes, Paul heads toward Jerusalem. He wants to be there by Pentecost (20:16). By sea and by land Paul made his way. At nearly every port of call the Spirit speaks to him through human voices: Bounds await you in Jerusalem. He reminds us of Jesus, who "resolutely set His face to go to Jerusalem" (Lk. 9:51). The next phase of Paul's ministry was set to begin.
Once in Jerusalem an irrepressible chain of events began to unfold: first with his brothers, next with angry Jews and finally with the Roman authorities. Along the way, however, Paul reconnected with many old friends. We even meet Philip again, who now has a grown family in Caesarea.
While we stay in chapter 21 we'll catch an interesting glimpse of two worlds co-existing: the world of Moses (as it was on its way out) and the world of Messiah (as it awaited its birth). This piece will call us to challenge old paradigms regarding the two covenants. Join me in it.