Reading: Luke 13: 31-35
In today’s passage the Pharisees make an appearance. In almost all of their many encounters with Jesus, their interactions are usually negative. But today they are not. This group of Pharisees is trying to warn Jesus of Herod’s plan to kill Him. There is concern for Jesus’ well-being. Jesus’ response is interesting. He tells them that He simply must keep going because there is a plan. Like the disciples, the Pharisees do not understand Jesus’ reference to Palm Sunday and the events that will follow.
Jesus knows that the plans God has will succeed every time. No matter what Herod or any other ruler does, in the end God’s plan will succeed. Jesus also knows the plan. In the conclusion of His story, the cross is essential. In spite of how powerful he is, Herod will be used by God just as God intended all along.
At times in our lives we are like the Pharisees in today’s passage. We get lost in the day to day and in the things of this world. We lose sight of the big picture. We lose our God-sized vision. When we allow this to happen, we fail to follow our mission. Jesus calls us into loving service of all mankind. Our long term destination is the same as Jesus’: heaven. Our daily task is also the same as well: to take as many along with us as we can. We call this making new disciples.
Jesus never lost sight of His mission and the plan. He knew seeing it through was the only way for you and I to find God’s goal for us: salvation. May we also keep focused on our mission and the plan. May we too always share the good news of Jesus Christ with all we meet. May we serve as He served.