him was that of a man of vast strength. Ö Even his enemies proclaim his strength by the intensity of their hatred of him." (Chappell)

It is easy to be turned from our own determination by the efforts of those who would hurt us. How many preachers abandon the pulpit due to the opposition of those who are being used by Satan to destroy the church! How many elders and deacons give up due to feeling alone and unsupported. How many Christians with bright ideas and hopeful hearts are extinguished by the critics who will do all they can to oppose them. Let the determination of Jesus inspire and encourage your faithfulness!

C. Jesus was a man who was determined Ė in spite of the Circumstances and in spite of his enemies. Which leads us to askÖ

II. WHY WAS JESUS SO DETERMINED?

A. Because it was the will of God. Over and over again Jesus emphasized that his purpose was to do the will of the Father. Luke 10:22 "All things have been committed to me by my Father..." John 6:44-46 ""No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: íThey will all be taught by God.í Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. Ö." Even when he was perplexed about the will of the Father Ö in the garden of Gethsemane Ö he still prayed for Godís will to be done. (Luke 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.") Jesus was determined because it was the will of God Ė and so must we be! Follow after Godís will for your life, be sure of it, and do not be discouraged in it. Even when it brought pain and dread, Jesus was faithful to Godís will. Let the determination of Jesus inspire and encourage your faithfulness!

B. Why was Jesus determined? He loved the lost! Even thought this was a city that had rejected him, and would reject him, he loved the people. Luke 13:34 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!" It was for this city, for all people, that he would give his life when he got there. We must be determined to follow Godís will because we love the lost! If we get discouraged and lose heart, how many will be lost because of it? Let the determination of Jesus inspire and encourage your faithfulness!

C. Why was Jesus determined? Because what looked like defeat to his enemies was not the final word.Jesus was sure of his coming death. He was equally sure that his death would not put a grim, black period to all of his holy hopes. He was not going to Jerusalem as a defeated victim, but as a conqueror. John 12:32 "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." In your life you may be able to point to many things that didnít turn out like you wanted them to, but do not think you are defeated when you are following Godís path!