“When Jesus set his face to walk the Calvary road, he was not merely taking our place; he was setting our pattern.” – John Piper
Jesus knew what was coming. He told his disciples he was going to Jerusalem where he would be arrested, tried, and crucified. After three days he would rise from the dead. Jesus knew what had to take place if he was going to be the Savior of the world. So, “. . . he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51).
The walk from Capernaum was nearly 80 miles long. Lots of time to think about what was about to happen. But he didn’t waver. He pointed himself toward Jerusalem and kept walking. He stopped to heal people along the way – then kept walking. He stopped to eat and sleep, and then kept walking. Resolute. Pointing toward his own death. Never turning back.
What was he thinking about? We get a clue from this passage: “. . . let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1b-2).
He kept walking because, at the other end of agony, there would be joy. Joy at doing the Father’s will. Joy in bringing salvation to the people of the earth. He did it for joy.
Are you facing health issues? Family problems? Emotional trauma? Financial setbacks? Work stress? Do what Jesus did. Keep walking, knowing he has a plan for you, knowing the end result is in his hands, resting in his promises of presence, power, and joy. Don’t give up. Keep walking. That’s what Jesus did!
” . . . for the joy that was set before him. . .” – from Hebrews 12:2
NOTE: Original walking concept from Emilie Griffin in Small Surrenders
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Thank you for your wonderful article. It is really where I am this morning. The passage sighted brings to mind the imagery of Jesus’ facing being set like a flint from an Old Testament reference Isaiah 50:7 “Flint, a very hard, dark rock, is used figuratively in the Bible to express hardness, as in the firmness of horses’ hoofs (Isaiah 5:28), the toughness of an impossible task (Deuteronomy 8:15; Psalm 114:80), and the inflexibility of unwavering determination (Ezekiel 3:8–9).” Your writing is a real ministry to me and others. God bless you this day as we all try to focus and stay the course.
Thanks for all the biblical references, Dennis. I especially like the Ezekiel reference to “unwavering determination.” That’s sometimes what it takes!
The perfect Good Friday reminder. How facing the cross could have been considered a joy is beyond my comprehension but Jesus suffered through it for us. Thank you, Jesus!
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