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
Most of our Lord’s ministry occurred in Galilee, away from the political dangers of Jerusalem. Jesus traveled to the Jewish capital for feasts and festivals, but He did most of His work in the rural villages and hillsides of Galilee. As His ministry drew to a close, He realized it was time to start His march toward the cross. He steadfastly set His face in that direction. Luke devotes the heart of his book—chapters 9 to 19—to describing this unique march, as Jesus led a growing procession of followers on a march toward Zion.
His disciples thought He would overthrow the Roman government and usher in the Millennium, but Jesus said He was going to suffer. They couldn’t absorb that message, so the march was bittersweet. Our Lord told those around Him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
God wants us to march toward heaven in victory, setting our face in dedication to Him. Don’t look back, but press forward, awaiting His swift return.
In all true faith there is complete committal to God. Lee Roberson
Luke 9:49-62 – In Depth – Pastor Chuck Smith – Bible Studies