Updated: Nov 21
“Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.” (Luke 13:22, emphasis mine)
Jesus’ resolve and ultimate objective was to make it to Jerusalem. Jerusalem—the trial, the crucifixion and resurrection—was the reason he came to Earth. Earlier in his writing, Luke states, “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (9:51, emphasis mine).
Clearly, Christ’s mission appointed him by his Father was settled and steadfastly advancing throughout his earthly journey. The Gospel accounts bear witness to this. And yet, without once being averted from his overarching charge, Jesus continuously seized God-appointed opportunities—to love, teach, heal and forgive, changing the trajectory of people’s lives—everywhere he went.
As he pressed ahead toward his God-given assignment, he maintained a sensitivity to right here, right now opportunities. As a result, Jesus practically and miraculously demonstrated the love, power and presence of God.
All the time, in all waking moments, Jesus was in ministry mindset.
What really piques my interest regarding Jesus' consistent ability to do this is this question: Exactly how did our Savior possess and maintain this timely, moment-by-moment sensitivity? How did he keep his unrelenting focus on the overarching mission, and yet still powerfully touch lives on a daily basis? I believe it was this: Even though the mission of Calvary's cross was Jesus' targeted aim, his daily, ongoing objective was intimacy and oneness with his Father. The Savior lived in perpetual peace and unadulterated unity with God. Therefore, wherever Jesus was and whomever he encountered, the love, power, and presence of God naturally and authentically showed up and intersected with humanity.
In this, there was a manifestation of the miraculous everywhere Jesus went.
Fellow sojourner, if we are to fully live like Jesus did—if this is our sincere aim in this time and space in history—we cannot underestimate the power of perpetual intimacy with our Father. We cannot ignore the purposely carved-out, set aside sacred moments of being counseled by his indwelling Spirit. We cannot dismiss the cruciality of habitual, ongoing consumption of his Holy Word. We just can't.
Because too much is forfeited when we don't make a priority such intimate connections with our Creator.
Bottom line: No matter the demands of our days, it's our intimacy with the Triune God—through the input of Truth and a resolute mindset that cultivates ongoing communication and fellowship—that's foundational to being able to move through life as Jesus did: pressing ahead in the overarching mission, yet purposely pausing for the day-to-day miracles.
A final critical thought: It goes without saying that regardless of the time we spend with the Father in holy intimacy, it's in our daily humble submission to his Word and Spirit—absolute submissive obedience—that we most live like his Son.