Now it came to pass, when the time had come
for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set
His face to GO UP to Jerusalem
LK 9:51.

Happy is the man who has learned to do this one
thing: To do the plain duty of the moment quickly
and cheerfully, whatever it may be
. Anonymous

Jesus was in no way taken back at the horrific events that He was about to encounter. Although He knew the specifics of what awaited Him yet He with predetermined resolute set His face towards, in the direction of, that which He was to soon experience.

Not only did He intentionally head in the direction of that which He was about to suffer, but Scriptures reveal to us that He set up His headquarters in the very placed that would also be home to His enemies.

Jesus was so focused on accomplishing the Father's will that He exhibited more zeal and enthusiasm in bringing about His own death than did His enemies display, the very ones who were bent on bringing about His destruction.

Take a look with me at the following passage. Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: (MK 10:32)

Jesus never lost His focus but with each and every thought fueling His Spirit, CHOSE to go up to Jerusalem. How was Jesus able to look beyond the impending doom that awaited Him and move with Holy resolve to that which would cost Him His life? Again, the Scriptures give us some insight into the reasoning that dominated Jesus thinking. The first reference can be found in Luke 9:51, the other in Hebrews 12:2. Let's take a look at them.

He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame.

Yes, Jesus looked beyond the present, to the time of His ascension, to the time when He would return to the Father. Although Jesus understood that He must needs first to be "lifted up" before He could be "taken up"; yet there was no mention of death on His lips. It was as though the thought of His going Home outweighed any thoughts of pain and suffering. Praise God! Aren't you glad He behaved the way He did.

Jesus, the Man that He was, looked upon this moment not as a time to complain to His disciples and show regret, but to use it as an opportunity to encourage them and to once again teach them by example.

Although Jesus already knew at this point the one apostle who would betray Him; and although He knew the one who would soon deny Him under a solemn oath, and although He knew that the rest would in the end desert Him, yet Jesus whole demeanor was of love and that of a willing and joyful servant.

Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Joh 13:1 Php 2:7-8)

Likewise there is going to come a time that you and I will be called upon to follow Jesus example. 1 Peter 2:21 tells us, For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps

How about you? What's racing through your mind today concerning the trials and difficulties you are going through? Are you looking at your situation as Jesus did His?

Think of this, the very same SPIRIT that sustained Jesus in His hour of testing is the very same SPIRIT that lives and abides in you. HOW INCREDIBLE! It is this very thing that makes life DOABLE!



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