PAUL'S LAST JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
Acts xx: 2, to xxi: 16.
FTER his three years at Ephesus in Asia Minor, Paul sailed
across the Ægean Sea to Macedonia. There he visited
again the churches in Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea.
Then he went southward into Greece, and saw again the
church at Corinth, to which shortly before he had
written two long letters. While Paul was visiting
these churches he told them of the believers in Christ
among the Jews in Jerusalem and Judea; that many of
these were very poor, and since they had become
disciples of Christ the other Jews would not help them.
Therefore Paul asked the Gentile churches everywhere to
send gifts to these poor people. He said in his
"These people have sent the word of Christ to you; now
send to them your gifts to show that you love them, and
to show that you thank God for the gift of his Son who
saves you from your sins."
From each of the churches men were chosen to go with
Paul to Jerusalem and to carry these gifts. From
Berea, the place where so many had studied the
Scriptures, as we read in Story 158, went a man
named Sopater. From Thessalonica went Aristarchus and
Secundus. From Derbe in Asia Minor, Gaius and Timothy
were sent; and from the other churches in Asia Minor,
Tychicus and Trophimus. All these went on before, and
waited for Paul at Troas, on the shore of the Ægean
Sea. Paul's friend Luke the doctor joined him again at
Philippi, and they sailed together to Troas. There the
other disciples met them, and they stayed for a week.
On the evening of the first day of the week, a farewell
meeting was held at Troas, for Paul and his party, who
on the next day were to start on their journey to
Jerusalem. The meeting was in a large upper room on
the third story of a house, and it was filled with
 people who had come to hear Paul. While Paul was
speaking, one young man, named Eutychus, who was
sitting in a window, dropped asleep, and in his sleep
fell out of the window upon the ground, two stories
below. He was taken up dead; but Paul went down, and
fell on him, and placed his arms around him, saying,
"Do not weep for him, for his life is still in him."
Then Paul went up again, and broke the bread with the
believers and held with them the Lord's Supper; and
then he talked again for a long time, even until the
break of day. And they brought the young man living,
at which they were very happy.
All the rest of the party going to Jerusalem except
Paul, went on board the ship at Troas. But as the ship
was to stop on the way at a place called Assos, Paul
chose to go to that place on foot. At Assos, they took
Paul on board, and sailed for some days among the
islands of the Ægean Sea, and stopped at Miletus,
which was not far from Ephesus. Paul did not wish to
go to Ephesus, but he sent to the elders of the church,
asking them to come and meet him at Miletus. They
came, and Paul said to them:
"You know from the first day that I set foot in this
part of Asia, after what manner I was with you all the
time, serving the Lord with a lowly mind, and with
tears, and with many troubles which came upon me from
the plots of the Jews. You know, too how faithfully I
spoke to you, teaching you in public and from house to
house, to repent of your sins, and to believe in our
Lord Jesus Christ.
"And now, bound in my spirit, I am going to Jerusalem,
not knowing what shall come upon me there, except that
the Holy Spirit tells me in every place that chains and
troubles will meet me. But I do not hold my life of
any account, as dear to me: so that I may run out my
race in Christ, and may do the work given me by the
Lord Jesus, to preach the good news of God's grace.
And now, I know that you all, among whom I went
preaching the kingdom, shall see my face no more.
"Take heed to yourselves, and to all the flock which
the Holy Spirit has placed in your care, as shepherds
to feed the church, which the Lord Jesus bought with
his own blood. I know that after I go away, enemies,
like savage wolves, shall come among you, not sparing
the flock, and also among yourselves men shall rise up
speaking false things and leading away disciples after
 Therefore watch, and remember that for
three years I did not cease warning you, night and day,
"And now, I leave you with God, and with the word of
his grace, which is able to build you up and to make
you fit to dwell among his holy ones. I have not
sought among you gold, or silver, or fine clothing.
You yourselves know that these hands of mine have
worked for my own living, and to help those who were
with me. I have tried to show you by my own life how
that you should in the same way help those who are
weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, 'It is
more blessed to give than to receive.' "
When Paul had said this, he kneeled down and prayed
with them all. And they all wept, and fell on Paul's
neck and kissed him; for they felt very sad at his
words, that they should see his face no more. They
went with him to the ship, and saw him sail away from
Paul and his company sailed among the islands and
toward the land of Judea, and went ashore at Tyre.
There they found disciples, and stayed with them a
week. Some of these spoke to Paul in the Spirit of
God, and told him not to go into Jerusalem. But Paul
had set his face toward that city; and when he found a
ship going from Tyre to Judea, all the disciples, with
their wives and their children, went with him out of
the city; and all knelt down together on the beach and
prayed, before they parted from each other. Paul's
party left the ship at a place called Ptolemais, from
which they walked down the shore to Caesarea. This was
the place where years before Peter had given the gospel
to the Roman centurion Cornelius, as we read in Story
154. And there Paul found Philip, the man who had
preached to the Samaritans and to the nobleman from
Ethiopia, of whom we read in Story 152. In those old
days, Paul, then Saul, had been Philip's enemy, and had
driven him out of Jerusalem. Now they met as friends,
and Paul stayed as a guest at Philip's house.
While they were at Caesarea, an old man named Agabus,
came down from Jerusalem. He was a prophet, to whom
God had shown some things that were to come to pass.
We have read of a prophecy by this man before, in Story
156. This man came to Paul, and took off Paul's
girdle, and with it bound his own feet and hands, and
"Thus saith the Spirit of God, 'So shall the Jews at
 bind the man that owns this girdle, and
shall give him into the hands of the Gentiles.' "
When they heard this, all Paul's friends, and Philip,
and the disciples of Caesarea, pleaded with Paul and
begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. But Paul
"What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? I
am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at
Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus!"
When they saw that Paul could not be moved from his
purpose, they ceased trying to persuade him, saying,
"The will of the Lord be done."
After some days in Caesarea, Paul and his friends, with
some of the believers from Caesarea, went up the
mountains to Jerusalem. So Paul was once more, and now
for the last time, in the city of his people.