And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’ “Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.
– Luke 13:32-33
I was recently asked, “Was Jesus ever sarcastic?” I think this is one of the texts that might prove that He was. His (seemingly) sarcastic response is given as some of the Pharisees told Jesus, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.” To this Jesus says, “Well, I’m a bit busy doing the work of casting out demons, and curing the sick today and tomorrow. But I’ll be done with this the day after tomorrow. But I guess since Herod wants to kill me I should just run away the next few days. It cannot be that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.”
Perhaps it wasn’t sarcastic, but it certainly had a bit of irony mixed in for good flavor.
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