Day 11 of Lent: Focused Way

“Single Minded” by Ella Prakash

The Day’s Scriptures

Luke 13:31-33 NIV

31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”
32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

Hebrews 12:1-3

Reflection

Jesus is told Herod is looking to kill him and the Pharisees demand that he leave that place. By Jesus’ response, however, we see he has another agenda: a single-minded focus on his prophetic call and identity.  Neither the threat to his life or the voices of opposition leaders sway Jesus. God’s got Jesus’ itinerary.  In an earlier chapter (9.51) Jesus’ resolve is set on the journey towards Jerusalem, towards fulfillment. Here now in ch.13 this resolve is challenge but reiterated: “I will keep on driving;” “I will reach my goal;” “I must press on” — these are words of a savior on a mission to gather his people as a hen, to love and to save in the most radical way ever recorded in history.

Who or what is establishing your itinerary? Get back on track. Set your eyes on the path. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.

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