As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.
Follow a Leader Worth Following
Would you want a surgeon to operate on you if he was only half-hearted about medicine? Would you want an attorney to represent you if she was half-hearted about practicing law? Would you want teachers in your children’s classrooms if they were only half-hearted about teaching children?
Neither would it be worth following a Savior who is only half-hearted about saving you.
Thankfully, Jesus wasn’t.
When this verse says that “Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem,” it could literally be translated, “he fixed his face for Jerusalem.” In other words, he was absolutely determined to get there. And why? What was going to happen in Jerusalem?
He was going to die, and your sins were going to be paid for.
He was going to suffer, and you were going to be given a place in heaven.
He was going to be punished for your sins, and you were going to be given the right to walk through life knowing each day your Father in heaven is smiling in your direction.
Jesus wasn’t half-hearted about being your Savior. He was all in.
That is a leader worth following.
Lord Jesus, let me never fail to see your wholehearted devotion to me so that I find abundant strength to follow you. Amen.