Jesus has appointments — specific times and certain places He must be. Pharisees locate Him as He travels between towns on His way to Jerusalem. They warn Jesus, “Go, get out of here! Herod wants to kill You!” (Luke 13:31, HCSB)
But Jesus responds, “Go tell that fox, ‘Look! I’m driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete My work.’ Yet I must travel today, tomorrow, and the next day, because it is not possible for a prophet to perish outside of Jerusalem!” (Luke 13:32-33)
Jesus is determined to make His appointment. He is not going to be early and certainly will not be late. In the meantime, He goes about His usual business of “driving out demons and performing healings” while He travels to His final destination — Jerusalem and the cross at Golgotha.
Dear Heavenly Father, we are grateful to Jesus, Your Son, for His willingness and yes — determination — to make His appointment. We thank You that You gave Him up for us, and that He loved You so much that He willingly died a cursed death for our salvation. To You be the glory. In Jesus’ Name, amen.