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A Man Who Was Determined

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Sermon shared by John Dobbs

March 2001
Summary: The determination of Jesus Christ to go to Jerusalem to die should inspire and encourage our faithfulness.
Audience: Believer adults
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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 – in spite of the Circumstances and in spite of his enemies. Which leads us to ask…

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: ’They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. …." Even when he was perplexed about the will of the Father … in the garden of Gethsemane … he still prayed for God’s 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 – and so must we be! Follow after God’s 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 God’s 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 God’s 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 didn’t turn out like you wanted them to, but do not think you are defeated when you are following God’s path! Human observation is not the final word! Let the determination of Jesus inspire and encourage your faithfulness!

Conclusion:

1. Jesus was a man who was determined. He made this trip to Jerusalem because*It was the will of God *He loved the lost *He did not view it as a defeat
As we look at faces around the cross, it is the face of Jesus – determined to follow God’s will through whatever obstacle in his path… enemies … faithlessness of believers … suffering.

2. The fact that Jesus was determined to do God’s will ought to inspire and encourage us to be as determined as he was. Such a course is not always easy….we must be determined….as Jesus was. Hebrews 13:6 "So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Nothing demands more
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