12 When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”
When Paul was first converted his life was threatened and he had to be lowered in a basket out a window in the city wall. Throughout his ministry he faced more than threats – he was beaten, whipped and stoned. By this time Paul had experienced it all and with courage and determination he would go to Jerusalem knowing that death was a possibility. Although he had been warned he was not being caviler about his decision because he knew that death was merely a doorway from this life to the next; that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord; that death would be swallowed up in victory. Paul’s conviction is one that we can all hold, and we should because our hope is not in this life, but in our Savior who defeated death so we might be with him forever.