March 19, 2020 Daily Devotion
Asst Pastor J.P. Moreaux
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. – Luke 9:51
The scourging, the cursing, and the beating. The nails, the cross, and the crucifixion. The Father in Heaven turning His face, the Earth going dark in agony, and the Son of Man being offered up as a ransom for many. It all seems so involuntary if we aren’t careful. Yet, we must understand there was nothing involuntary about it. No no no. You see, HE SET HIS FACE. Before the foundation of the world, Our Father willed it. The Lamb of God voluntarily chose to become obedient to it. The prophets envisioned it. Jesus Himself testified of it from the beginning of His ministry onward. And the entire premise of the Calvary Road can be drawn back to this specific time. This specific place. This specific, determined commitment from our Lord. HE SET HIS FACE. Nothing would deter Him. Nothing could persuade Him otherwise. Nothing could convince Him not to. Even when He in all of human nature wanted to relinquish the cup of sin and wrath, He could not and would not drop it. For He had already SET HIS FACE. The devil was being played. Judas? Just a cast member in the script of our Saviour. The Pharisees, Pilate, the Roman soldiers, the nails, the spear… they were all being used! Used for the Master’s use! Why? Because HE SET HIS FACE to Jerusalem! He was crucified because He was committed first. “It is finished” because He was fixated first. In this divine truth He is not only our substitute, but He is our example. Christian, commit thyself unto the Lord! Set your face unto Jerusalem! Set your face unto picking up your cross! Commit to it! Fixate yourself on it! And He then shall see to it that the will of God be done in your life, the gospel and it’s abundant life is explored, and we are raised up with Him as the first fruit! All things are possible through Christ because of the cross. But just as it is with the cross of Calvary, we must “set our face” first! Lock in! Lock on! And let’s go!