The Resolute Face of Christ
We can picture the disciples dragging their feet, reluctant to reach Jerusalem because Jesus had told them about His coming death. But Christ did not act this way. Despite the disciples’ heavy feet and the approaching pain, Christ stepped vigorously. The disciples were in awe and could not understand this. At one time they thought they were quite confident in who Jesus was, but now His resolute face seemed unfamiliar to them.
We can see the resolution in the face of Christ both here and at the cross. Jesus was willing and determined to accomplish His work, even when the pain reached beyond the normal human ability to cope with. For thirty-three years prior, Jesus laid out His life to do the will of His Father. With all of the distractions in this world, Christ never looked away from the prize. He was resolute in His purpose.
How did Christ set His face to be so resolute? John says, “Jesus knew His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father”. Jesus was absolutely certain that what the Father’s plan was the best plan, and He was resolute in following it through. It is comforting to know that, just as the face of Christ is set to finish His work on earth, He is still resolute in finishing the work that He has begun in us.