26 September 2017
Reading: Ezra 4; Psalms 113, 127; Luke 9
As the time drew near for his return to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51 NLT)
Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem because the time was nearing for his return to heaven. Sounds joyful and exciting, put that way – like leaving for the airport to go home after a long time away! Here are three perspectives…
• From heaven’s point of view, Jesus would go to Jerusalem, fulfill his mission on earth by dying on a cross for the sins of all people of all times, lie dead in a borrowed tomb for three days, come back to life by the power of God, and then ascend to heaven.
• From the disciples’ point of view, it would be a roller-coaster ride – the crowds welcoming him as the Messiah, a final week of teaching in Jerusalem, the Last Supper, the arrest in the garden, the mock trial, the crucifixion, the burial, the resurrection, the 40 days, and then his departure, leaving them to carry on.
• From Jesus’ point of view, it was the conflict between the purpose for which he came to earth and the pain, the unspeakable agony, of the narrow passage he must make from this world to the next in order to complete the work of salvation. And besides that, I believe he had truly come to love his guys and would miss them.
It’s not always easy to keep things in perspective. It’s not always easy to see things from another person’s perspective. It’s not always easy to see past present pain to future fulfillment and blessing. I don’t want to misjudge others because I am not seeing things from their perspective. I want to help others get, and keep, a “big picture”, “long range”, “heaven’s viewpoint”, perspective on life.
Friends, How’s your perspective today? Let’s take a few minutes today to look at our own situations in light of God’s promises and his purpose – for us and for others, for now and forever. Let’s ask our Father to give us a glimpse of the past, the present, and the future from his perspective...
Father Please forgive me for so often looking at things from the perspective of my personal interest and my own comfort and convenience. Forgive me for being satisfied too often with a low angle, short range view of things. I open my heart to you – please open my eyes to heaven’s perspective today. Amen.