The Willing Sacrifice: Dec. 20
And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.” Mark 10:32-34
Jesus was going to Jerusalem. He was going there intentionally, knowing that the result would be His death. He was not trying to avoid His death, in fact He was intentionally initiating the process. The same resolve that motivated Him to preach the good news and heal the sick was now propelling one foot in front of the other up the hill to the city where He would be betrayed, falsely accused, mocked, flogged, and crucified.
To see the glory of our Savior, we must see the willingness of His death.
Jesus did not miscalculate His popularity or presume He would get a fair trial. His life was not taken from Him by powers outside of His control. He willingly laid down His life. He willingly brought His betrayer with Him to the final meal with His disciples. He willingly made Himself a lamb silently led to the slaughter.
This willingness was all out of obedience and affection for His Father and love and mercy toward His people. Jesus would go to Jerusalem because He was determined to go to the cross. He was determined to face the death the sinners deserved so that the sinners He loved could be saved. He was determined to obey his Father and redeem a people by the sacrifice of His own blood.
He was a resolute sacrifice.
There were no surprises waiting for Him at the end of this journey. Only utter abandonment and unthinkable pain—and rescuing us. Jesus was going to Jerusalem. He was going to rescue his people. Come now, people of the crucified and Risen One, to worship and adore Him.