setting our hearts toward Jerusalem – because Jesus has already done the hard part…

Journeying to Jerusalem at WFPC

As the time drew near for everything to be fulfilled, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. – Luke 9:51

Today is the second Sunday in Lent, and I have a question for you – for all of us. Here it is: “Have you started on your journey to Jerusalem?”

For Jesus, the answer was – is – an unequivocal “yes!”

  • Yes, and without hesitation, since the day he was first born;
  • Yes, he knew what was likely going to face him there;
  • Yes, he went anyway;
  • Yes, he understood what was at stake;
  • Yes, Jesus lived into his purpose, with deep courage and deliberate grace….

Interestingly, Jesus knew that taking the journey to Jerusalem meant that he would be betrayed by his friends, mocked by the crowds, suffer terribly, go through a kangaroo court trial, and be put to death by crucifixion… And, we know that our decision to take that path will lead to a focused life of faith, a deeper walk with God, more love than we could possible imagine, celebration, peace, and everlasting life.

So I find it curious that – knowing what we know, and knowing what Jesus had to face – it is still us (the beneficiaries of Christ’s passion) who are the reluctant ones when it comes to traveling to the Cross, and it’s Jesus who would go again, in a skinny minute, even if it were just for me, or just for you.

So I’ll ask again, “Have you started on your journey to Jerusalem?”

It’s Sunday morning, friends, and the church doors already stand open wide. Let’s humble ourselves, follow in the footsteps of the other disciples, make our way down the dusty road, and set our hearts on Jerusalem.

What awaits us there is glory! Glory, and peace like a river, and love like an ocean, and joy like a fountain.

– Derek



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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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