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Jesus Knew His Destiny Before His Feet Hit the Earth

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Jesus’ journey to the cross began even before the earth was created. It was always God’s plan. His appointment with the cross was no accident or failure of God. It was a pre-planned destiny.

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Steps leading to the temple in Jerusalem by Lisa@The Warming House

God gave us free will and knew we would eventually be screw-ups and complicated messes. When that became glaringly evident in the garden of Eden, God revealed his plan to send a Messiah who would come and make things right again. See Genesis 3:15. Heaven would one day meet earth in the form of a God-man.

Many old Testament prophets told stories of the one who would come to take up our infirmities and carry our sorrows, be pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities, who would accept our punishment and bring us peace. (Isaiah 53:5-7) Jesus knew where he was headed.

When Jesus emerged from Mary’s womb, everything in his life was aimed at the cross.

As his ministry was just beginning, Jesus approached John the Baptist for baptism. When John saw him, he proclaimed, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Jesus knew his purpose.

When Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman, he claimed to be the Messiah – for the very first time. (John 4:25-26) He was fully aware of who he was and what he came for.

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Jerusalem by Lisa@The Warming House

At the transfiguration, Jesus’ glory was revealed. Moses and Elijah spoke with Jesus about his departure which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. (Luke 9:28-31) Jesus was fully aware of the horrors that awaited him in Jerusalem, but he walked resolutely into the very bowels of hell anyway.

Jesus referred to himself as a shepherd who willingly lays down his life for his sheep – as commanded by his Father. (John 10:11, 15, 17-18) The sacrifice he would gladly make for those he loved was in plain view – staring him full in the face.

After Jesus entered Jerusalem for the Passover Feast, he predicted his death (and his resurrection). He explained to his disciples that it was for this very reason he came. (John 12:27-28) Jesus embraced God’s plan.

When Jesus hung on the cross and declared, “It is finished”, he was not admitting defeat but declaring victory. He had accomplished what he came to do. He had remained true to his purpose. He had finished the race, and redeemed mankind.

Jesus knew His purpose – to take away the sins of the world so that our relationship with God could be restored. He had the power to walk away, but he refused to do it. It was always about the cross and his mission to rescue us.

Such a mystery . . . that you, Lord, would do this for me . . . for all of us.

God has a purpose for our lives too. (Matthew 22:37-40Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 8:28-29) What would it take for us to follow Jesus’ example? What would it mean for us to stop living for our own purposes, and start living for the higher purpose God has for our lives? What would it mean for us to labor toward the success of His kingdom – not our own? How can we seek and remain true to our purpose?

What have you always believed about Jesus and the cross? Did he know where he was headed? Was the junction of his life at the cross a failure of God’s power? Something else?

“Christianity without the cross is nothing.” James Thomson

Thankful for our Savior’s tenacity for our good . . .

Lisa~

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