“When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51
Right now we Lutherans are in the midst of Lent, a time when we remember Christ’s journey to the cross. It’s apparent that Jesus knew exactly where his trip to Jerusalem would take him, because in the same chapter he tells his disciples:
“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Luke 9:22
Yet, He was determined. Why? He knew it was His Father’s will, and He knew His sacrifice was necessary to save us from our sins, once and for all. The suffering, the rejection, the pain was insignificant in light of the benefit to the world. It’s embarrassing to think of how I often I am annoyed at the prospect of sacrificing for somebody else, even when all I am sacrificing is my own convenience or time! This is not Christ-like, and not what is expected of us as true followers:
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23
Lent is a time to ponder the way of the cross. The way Christ took and the way we’re called to walk as well.