Press On

GUWGMotherHenWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

Some religious leaders came to Jesus and warned him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”

Jesus didn’t run and hide. Here’s what he said in response:

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.” In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

(Luke 13:31-35; Matthew 23:37-39)

Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:

1. Who exactly is Jesus?

He’s the Great Prophet who “comes in the name of the Lord.” He refused to be deterred by threats from a mere human king — even the very one who had his cousin John the Baptist beheaded — and pressed on to complete his mission no matter the cost.

He also likens himself to a mother hen who longs to gather her chicks under her wings. Sadly, some aren’t willing.

2. What exactly does he want us to do?

Be willing. Come to Jesus. Never fear anyone or anything in this world. Press on to complete whatever mission God has given you, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

For a little extra motivation, here’s a prayer drawn from the psalm quoted by Jesus at the end of the above passage. Pray through it with all your :

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

The Lord is with me.
I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me.
He is my helper.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in humans.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

The Lord is my strength
and my defense
he has become my salvation.
I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what
the Lord has done.
I will give you thanks,
for you answered me.
You have become my salvation.

The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
The Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Let us rejoice today and be glad.

Lord, save us!
Lord, grant us success!

Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.

The Lord is God,
and he has made his light shine on us.
You are my God,
and I will praise you.
You are my God,
and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

(Excerpted from Psalm 118)


(Image credit: / Eric Isselee)


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