Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem. – Luke 9:51
We do not know what life has in store for us. Some great hardship or anguish may be waiting for us tomorrow, but because we know nothing about it it doesn’t make our spirit downcast today. We should be grateful for this simple mercy in our lives. If some of us knew what lay ahead in the future, it would make our lives very bitter. It is a great deal better that we should not know until God leads us to the edge of the experience.
But there was no such hidden knowledge of the future for Christ. He saw every hard and painful step towards the end of His life. Yet this makes the scene we read here all the more exciting. Knowing all, see how eager Jesus pressed on. He could not be held back. He steadfastly set His face to go, and bent His steps with intense urgency to His journey, which He knew would lead Him to Gethsemane, Jerusalem, and Golgotha. In this, as in all things, He left us an example: That we should follow His steps. It is in the same way that we should advance in the path of duty, no matter what the dangers, the sufferings, the sacrifices, that lie in our path. We are too apt to hesitate and count the cost when hard tasks are assigned to us instead of eagerly pressing on in what we have been called to do.
That walk to Jerusalem, every step a step toward the cross always in plain view, is one of the finest examples of heroism in all history. Let us not forget why the walk was taken. That cross meant salvation and eternal salvation for millions of lost souls. Love was the heart of that heroism. Jesus pressed on with intense urgency, because the accomplishment of His mission would be life for the world and glory for the Father. We ought to bare our heads in reverence as we see Jesus advancing towards His cross; it was for our sakes He set His face steadfastly to go to Jerusalem.