Ask a questionQ & A

Questions & answers    JESUS    As Fully Man


Why did Jesus go on a pilgrimage?


Thank you for this question about the life of Jesus. I am not completely sure about what part of Jesus' life you are referring to regarding a pilgrimage.

From the Bible we know that Jesus lived quite a normal life until the age of around thirty. Then he started to teach, heal, call followers and explain to people why he came to earth.

Jesus did spend forty days in the wilderness before he started these things. It says in the Bible: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. (Matthew 4:1-2)

This may be the ‘pilgrimage’ that you are referring to. Jesus went into the desert for forty days to be tempted and show that he was from God and ready to begin his ministry.

Jesus also went to Jerusalem towards the end of his ministry. The main reason he did this was recorded in the Bible: And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day." (Matthew 20:17-19)

This was not a pilgrimage but a rescue mission for the rest of the world. Jesus was going to die for the sins of all his people.

I would like to encourage you to read the Bible for yourself. Perhaps start in the book of Mark which describes Jesus' life and death and resurrection. It usually narrates why Jesus did what he did and may help to explain your question about pilgrimage better.

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site:

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world.

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Matthew 20:17-19
  • Matthew 4:1-2

*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

*If anything in this answer affects you directly, then please feel free to call our confidential prayer line in the UK on 0845 4567729, where trained Christian volunteers will take your call and pray both for you and with you. If you are outside of the UK then you may submit your request for prayer on line at

Find more answers in...

Questions & answers    JESUS  

As Fully Man

If you can't find an answer to your question, please ask us instead.

Twitter icon Facebook icon