Jesus was motivated to get to Jerusalem, and nothing was going to stop Him.
He set His face like flint, even though He was well aware that torture, pain, and suffering were waiting for Him there.
So, what gave Him the strength to go through with this plan?
John 18:4 says that Jesus, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward…
Luke 9:51 (AMP) Now, when the time was almost come for Jesus to be received up [to heaven], He steadfastly and determinedly set His face to go to Jerusalem.
In Isaiah, written 700 years prior, we find a prophetic writing of what Jesus was to face in Jerusalem:
I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. Isaiah 50:6-7
As a young boy growing up, Jesus studied the scroll of Isaiah. He referred to it many times in His teachings. As He read this passage in Isaiah, something in His heart must have burned inside Him, confirming in His spirit that this was the purpose for which He had come.
Jesus knew the suffering, horrendous whipping with the cat-of-nine-tails, the mocking with the crown of thorns by the hands of the soldiers that he would endure. He was fully aware of the horror of crucifixion. Yet he set his face like flint to complete His purpose.
Flint is an impenetrable kind of sedimentary rock. When struck against steel, flint produces sparks to start a fire. “Setting your face like flint” implies that you’re expecting some opposition, to stand firm in the face of adversity.
To set your face like flint means that you are determined to succeed, regardless of the opposition.
You value the outcome as worthy of the price paid to achieve it.
For Jesus, it meant having the resolve and determination to complete His purpose. It was for this moment that He had been born.
So – what gave Jesus the strength to keep heading for Jerusalem?
Hebrews 12:2 tells us: (NKJV)
“looking unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
What was the “joy” that was before Him?
It was the fulfillment of God’s dream. The dream the Father and Jesus had from the beginning of time. Back when they knew that Adam was going to fall into the hands of Satan, giving over the dominion and rule of the earth to the devil. Back when They knew that mankind would need a Savior to rescue them. A Savior to redeem them from the slave market of sin and return man to God’s family.
This was the plan all along.
The plan was that Jesus would be the perfect Lamb, “slain from the foundation of the earth.”
In Jerusalem, Satan thought his scheme was working beautifully. He would kill the Son of God, and the world would be under his dominion for good.
But actually, Satan was playing right into God’s plan. God used Satan as the pawn to complete God’s plan. Satan would kill the sacrificial Lamb. Thus, once for all redeeming mankind to God.
So what was the joy that gave Jesus the strength to fulfill His purpose in going to the cross? It tells us in Jude 24. (AMP)
“…to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]”
It was knowing that because of Jesus’ shed blood, we would be made righteous, blameless, and faultless before the throne of God.” The anticipation filled Jesus with “triumphant joy, exultation, with unspeakable, ecstatic delight.”
Restoring us to full fellowship with our Father gave Him triumphant joy!
So, truly knowing that your Father sees you as His un-blamable, faultless, righteous child, fully acceptable to Him – will give you great confidence and boldness to approach Him with your every need and concern.
Hebrews 4:16 encourages us to
Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
So here are two applications we can draw from Jesus example:
1. Jesus set His face like flint to accomplish His purpose. To what purpose has He called you? Set your face like flint, with determination – knowing that with God’s resurrection power working in you, nothing is impossible.
2. Because we know that God devised a plan that even got Satan to do His will, this gives us great assurance that nothing is too hard for Him. Keep standing in faith, believing God to rescue your loved ones who are still far from God. He has secret ways of drawing them to Himself!