“Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem…” – Luke 9:51
Jesus’ ministry in Galilee had come to an end. It was time to move His ministry headquarters from Galilee to Jerusalem, and He began to make His way there.
Throughout His ministry in Galilee, Jesus would often tell those He healed not to tell anyone. He did this so that they would not lift Him up as king, His time had not yet come. However, the few times He went to Jerusalem during His Galilean ministry, Jesus made it well known who He was. I like what J.D. Jones wrote:
“He [Jesus] never visited it without in one way or another asserting His Messiahship. He did so the first time by sweeping out of the sacred precincts those who bought and sold within them and by speaking of the Temple as His Father’s house. He did so on His second visit by healing the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda and by claiming, in response to the challenge of the Jews, that He shared in the privileges and prerogatives of God. He did so the third time by proclaiming Himself the ‘Light of the World,’ by healing the man who had been born blind and by declaring plainly in answer to the blind man’s query, that He Himself was the long promised Messiah of God.”
For a time, Jesus veiled who He was in Galilee in an effort not to cause insurrection. In Jerusalem, however, it was different. Jerusalem was where the priests and leaders were and He made it clear who He was so that when judgment came, they would have no excuse and could not plead ignorance.
As Jesus set His face to go to Jerusalem, He began to walk under the shadow of the cross. He would take on God’s full wrath and be forsaken by God, completely abandoned and alone. He did this for you and me. We cannot help being born of Adam in sin, but we have the will to choose freedom from sin, as a result of what Jesus did on the cross. What have you chosen?