As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.
Jesus knew what awaited Him in Jerusalem, yet He “resolutely set out” in that direction. He knew He would be beaten almost to death. He knew He would be crucified. But He understands this is the assignment God has given Him, and He sets out with determination to complete the task. I’m intrigued by the way Luke chose to relay this information. He didn’t say, “Jesus was going to Jerusalem to be crucified.” Luke said before Jesus could be taken up to heaven, He would have to face these things. There’s a key here for us. There are some seasons in our lives when God’s assignments for us are not pleasant, but we have a choice: we can focus on the present difficulty, or we can keep our eyes on God’s gracious invitation to us. We don’t follow Christ just for the ease of the moment. We follow Christ because we recognize the great privilege of fulfilling our part in His plan. Jesus had a focused intent. You and I need a bit of that as well.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the resolve of Jesus as He set out for Jerusalem, fully knowing what lay ahead of Him there. I want a heart to do Your will, no matter the cost. Keep my eyes on You, Lord, that I will fulfill Your purposes. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.
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