Jesus, in early 30 A.D., is in Bethany after raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1 - 45). Jewish leaders gather, after this awesome miracle, to decide it is finally time to end the Lord's life and stop his perceived threat to the nation (verses 46 - 53).
Journey to Ephraim
Knowing what the religious leaders are collectively planning to do, Jesus leaves Bethany with his disciples. His desire is to conduct a few last journeys before his crucifixion. Jesus' first trip is to the nearby city of Ephraim (John 11:54) which affords him a short escape from the threats against his life.
The Pharisees, some of which journeyed from Jerusalem to Ephraim, search out for Jesus and try to tempt him a few last times. They ask, with the hope of entrapping him, whether it is lawful to divorce for any reason. His answer is that God's perfect will is that people stay married for life (Matthew 19:1 - 12, Mark 10:2 - 12). Little children are then brought to him to bless (Matthew 19:13 - 15, Mark 10:13 - 16, Luke 18:15 - 17).
Jesus, while still in Ephraim to avoid those in Jerusalem who seek his life, has a rich young man approach him wanting to know what it takes to inherit eternal life. He is told he must obey the commandments and give up all his worldly riches.
The rich man, who decides not to give up his possessions, leaves quite sad. Jesus then warns the disciples not to set their hearts on riches and that it is incredibly difficult, like a camel going through a needle, for those with wealth to enter God's kingdom (Mathew 19:16 - 26, Mark 10:17 - 27, Luke 18:18 - 27).
The group, after Peter states that he and the disciples have given up everything to follow the Lord, are promised to be blessed abundantly both in this life and in the next (Matthew 19:27 - 30, Mark 10:28 - 31, Luke 18:28 - 30). The parable of the workers in the vineyard is then given by Jesus (Matthew 20:1 - 16).
After the group leaves Ephraim, Jesus reveals that he will soon be betrayed, suffer, have his life taken then rise from the dead three days later (Matthew 20:17 - 19, Mark 10:32 - 34, Luke 18:31 - 34).
An unspecified time later the mother of James and John initiates a journey to Jesus and requests that her sons have authority, directly under him, in his Kingdom. The other disciples become infuriated at the brothers when they hear about the request. They all are taught that those who will be considered the greatest in God's kingdom are those who serve everyone (Matthew 20:20 - 28, Mark 10:35 - 45).
Jesus and his disciples then journey to Jericho on their ultimate way back to Jerusalem. Near Jericho a blind man cries out to the Lord for mercy and is miraculous healed (Luke 18:35 - 43). Inside the city Jesus stays overnight at the house of Zacchaeus, a wealthy Jewish tax collector, who repented of growing rich by stealing from others (Luke 19:1 - 10).
Jesus, as he is leaving Jericho, heals two more blind men (Matthew 20:29 - 34, Mark 10:46 - 52). As the group begins their seventeen mile (27.3 kilometers) journey to Bethany, near Jerusalem, the Lord gives the parable of the pounds (Luke 19:11 - 28). He is fully aware that his betrayal, arrest, torture and death await him after he partakes of his last Passover in Jerusalem (John 11:55 - 57).
Jesus arrives, near sunset on Wednesday, March 29 in 30 A.D., in Bethany. It is the start of his last week of life before dying as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He travels to the house of Mary, Martha and Lazarus where he has dinner and stays overnight (John 12:1 - 2). In the morning, Jesus goes to Bethphage, mounts a colt, and then proceeds to make a triumphal entry into Jerusalem (John 12:12 - 19, Mark 11:1 - 10, Luke 19:29 - 40, Matthew 21:1 - 11).
After Jesus makes his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, he will spend his last week of life teaching in the city by day but leaving it to journey to Bethany for the night (Mark 11:11, Matthew 21:17, 26:6). He also spends a night or two on the Mount of Olives (Luke 21:37).