A Year of Smiles – Day 99

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Reason to SMILE #99 – GOD’S PLAN

“He set His face to go to Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51)  He knew His humanity was temporary.  He knew His Father’s plan.  He knew His perfect life was to be tarnished by the imperfections of a world which He had embraced.  Jesus knew His purpose, still He chose the path which He knew would lead to death.

He was God.  He was man.  Heavenly purpose mingled with earthly fears.  He knew no sin, yet He knew love.  He knew sorrow.  He knew joy.  He knew pain.  “Let this cup pass from me, but not my will but Thine be done.” (Matthew 26:39)

Our Lord knew His journey on this earth would lead to humiliation, anguish, abandonment and death.  Still He chose to die.  With deliberate intention, He walked the path to the cross pausing only to accomplish the work of His Father in the lives of those He touched along the way.

His steps were not hurried.  His load was not carefree.  He knew His Father’s plan.  He set His face to go to Jerusalem.  He set His face to go to the cross.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).  Because of God’s redemptive plan and my Savior’s resolve, I can SMILE for all eternity.

 

Image by hamptonroadschurch.com/luke/2015/8/9/luke-1928-48-jesus-triumphal-entry-into-jerusalem

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