What a somber week.
As we reflect on the weight of Christ’s final days before the crucifixion, almost everything else in life seems insignificant. It reminds me of that feeling that creeps over you when a loved one dies; “How dare the sun to shine, how can people be going about their routines, laughing, working, eating as if nothing has happened!” We know what lies ahead at the end of Holy Week.
But before the victory. . . oh, the agony. And yet, today the sun shines.
“Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51 NKJV
He “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Knowing what awaited him, Jesus intentionally walked into the enemy camp of those that were determined to destroy him. Yes, he knew that he would ultimately be “received up” and sit at the right hand of God Almighty, but before that was the cross.
Let us “set our face” for Jerusalem this week. What enemy is there taunting you with words of discouragement and defeat? Is you enemy the voice of pride that prevents you from accepting help from others. Are you hasty to judge and compare yourself only to the sinfulness of others instead of the righteousness of God? Do the trappings of this world call you into busyness that prevents you from truly listening and serving the gracious God that gives all and gave all?
We each face our own enemies in “Jerusalem.” Many await me, but with the courage that Christ has already walked that path and won the fight; this week I move forward in confidence that my battle is won. I must walk through it and take possession. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
In His grace,