“Jesus Set His Face Like Flint Towards Jerusalem”

April 7, 2019

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Isaiah 50:6-7 says: “I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting. For the Lord God helps Me, therefore, I am not disgraced; therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”(NASB) Applied to Christ, it’s clear that even before Jesus left His throne and became a human, His heart was set like flint to redeem us and adopt us as His own. Luke tells of a time when Jesus shifted His gaze from teaching and healing in Galilee and Judea to the city of Jerusalem. Luke 9:51-56 says: “When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem.” (ESV) Jesus’ following was large and growing. It was safer where He was. Intrusion by Jewish leaders and Roman authorities was less likely in the northern regions. So why is Jesus so resolutely intent on going to Jerusalem? Answer: The Lamb of God, with eyes wide open and His gaze fixed like flint, headed to Jerusalem to die for our sins. And there is no greater love in the universe than this!

Bible References

  • Isaiah 50:4 - 7
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23 - 26
  • Luke 9:51 - 56
  • Luke 18:31 - 34
  • Revelation 21:1 - 4