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He Set His Face

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Luke 9:51 ESV
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
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He remembered who He was.

Christ never lost the focus of who He was.
He reminded His disciples and himself consistently of that fact.
Matthew 16:13–17 ESV
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 16:20 ESV
Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Christ didn’t let the good times or the bad times change His perspective of Himself.
He knew
He was loved by God
He was blessed by God
He represented God
He was responsible to God
People want to belong.
What does it mean to us to be children of God?
Romans 8:16 ESV
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

He knew what He had to do.

How would you react, if you knew the exact date and time you would die?
John 10:17–18 ESV
For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
Mark 10:32–34 ESV
And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”
Christ had purpose in his life.
He used His talents, gifts and heart for something other than just making it through.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche
We need purpose for living.

He knew were He was going.

Christ knew that the cross was set before Him.
Christ knew that death was coming but then glory was waiting.
He didn’t let the pain and suffering take away from the fulfillment and reward.
It would have been easy for Him to let His triumphal entry take away from his focus.
Matthew 16:27 ESV
For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.
In this I believe Nietzsche was right - people with purpose can overcome almost any how.
We know there will be suffering and trouble in this life. Whether we follow Christ or not.
Christ makes the difference. He set His face, so we could have ours lifted up.
Christ face His face to Calvary so we might be able to turn ours to His and heard
Matthew 11:28 NLT
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
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