He Set His Face

Jesus setting his face toward Jerusalem is where the bulk of my energy has been this week.  As you’ve probably noticed from this week’s posts, I can’t quite get past this line.  Maybe I’ve set my face on preaching these words of Jesus.  Maybe I’m just noticing that that phrase works itself out in every other line in the lesson for Sunday.

  • The Samaritan town can’t welcome Jesus because he has set his face for Jerusalem
  • Jesus seems to make a strong statement, “let the dead bury the dead,” because single-mindedness is the hallmark of the Kingdom of God
  • The admonition to keep focused on the road ahead is again a call to focus on the things of the Kingdom, even if they mean the cross and the grave

This has strong implications for us as 21st century disciples of Jesus who are pulled in 10,000 different directions and it is probably where my sermon will head on Sunday.


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