Jerusalem is the City of God and stands in the life of our Lord Jesus as the place where he reached the climax of his Father’s will. “I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.” To fulfill the Father’s purpose for his life was the sole focus and prevailing interest throughout the life of our Lord Jesus. “He steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.” Have you set your face to get to the place where God wants you to be this Easter season? Are you on your way to your Jerusalem?
“What will thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said Lord that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight; thy faith has saved thee” (Luke 18:41-42). The good thing about most trips is that we never know who or what we may meet along the way. I feel comfortable saying that Jesus knew the blind man would be waiting for him as he passed through Jericho en route to Jerusalem. The great thing to remember is Jesus was going up to Jerusalem to fulfill God’s purpose, not his own. The presence of the blind man was another opportunity “to glorify the Father.” Every time we glorify the Father we get a two-for-one, we fulfill His purpose and we bless someone else, fulfilling our Christian obligation.
“A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Naturally our ambitions and goals in life are our own; however, in the Christian life we have no purpose of our own. There is so much said today about our decisions for Christ, our determination to be good Christians, our self-serving decisions about this and that. But in the New Testament Gospel of Jesus, it is the aspect of God’s purpose that is brought up and out. Verse after verse it is driven into our understanding of the purpose of Jesus going up to Jerusalem; “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.” He has chosen you for a purpose that only he and God knows, we must wait and work to discover its final intent.
The amazing part of setting your face to go up to your Jerusalem is you will not find yourself in a state of conscious agreement with God’s purpose you are taken into God’s purpose without conscious awareness at all. We have no idea of what God has planned, and as we go on it gets more and more vague. Why can’t we see what it is that God has purposed for us at journey’s end or along the way? Because we are too near-sighted to see what God’s purpose is—“I am meant to go here or there, do this or that.” Jesus did not have this problem, every minute of his life was focused on getting to Jerusalem to fulfill the Father’s purpose.
“And Jesus said unto him, this day is salvation come to this house, for so much as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:9-10). At the beginning of our Christian life we have our idea as to what God’s purpose is—“God has called me to do this special work,” and we go and do the thing, and still the purpose of God remains. The work we do is of no value in comparison to the purpose of God. I believe we, just like Jesus, must take advantage of every opportunity along the way to Jerusalem to glorify the Father, to seek and save that which is lost.
“He took unto Him the twelve.” Jesus took the twelve with him and he wants us to follow him to Jerusalem also. Not to be nailed to a cross, but because God has a purpose for you being there. Your stop in Jericho is an opportunity to glorify the Father along the way. Maybe there is someone who has not seen “the light of the world,” sitting by the way side begging and shouting “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” If only we would hear, stop and open their eyes to the love of Jesus and the grace of God. Maybe there is a poor woman or a rich man willing to climb a sycamore tree because “He was to pass that way.”
I thank God that Jesus takes us with him all the time, otherwise, many of us would never make it up to our Jerusalem. Frankly, Jericho is just a stop along the way, not a detour, for many we are the only Christ they may ever see. The things and people Jesus met on the way, joy or sorrow, success or failure, friend or foe could not keep him from fulfilling his divine purpose. Do not try to sneak into Jerusalem, go boldly with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Show yourself approved and bless someone along the way in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ