This was one of our readings in church yesterday,

As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?’ But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village.

Luke 9:51-56

Jesus has been going about the countryside performing miracles, healing people, and teaching his disciples. And now he knows the time is approaching for what he came here to do. So as the time approached, he resolutely set out for Jerusalem.

He turned with determination towards his fate. 

He knew what was coming and yet, he chose to turn and face it. 

It must have been a lonely and difficult walk. 

But it’s that way sometimes, when we know what we have to do and we make up our minds to do it. Lonely. Difficult. A walk that seems to never end. And then it does and what you turned toward arrives.

Yet, he resolutely set out. Determined to be obedient. Determined to fulfill his purpose here. Determined to love us anyway.

As we sit on the sofa today, I’m wondering what God is calling you to resolutely set out to do. Will you follow Jesus’ example and turn your face, not away, but towards the very thing that you’d prefer to ignore?

As the time approaches, will you choose obedience and determination?


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