When the days drew near for Him (Jesus) to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem. Luke 9:51
Where are you going? Sometimes we just don't know.
A number of years ago, a family, which lived across the street from my house, was going on vacation. The garage door was closed, and their four-wheel-drive was loaded with just about everything from the house that wasn't nailed down.
The family's three little girls were bouncing around on the back seat filled with nervous energy.
I went up to them and asked, "Where are you going?" These very bright, young ladies looked confused and they confessed they didn't know. "What highway are you taking? How are you going to get there?" They didn't know that either. "Where are you going to sleep and eat tonight?" That was another one which stumped them. I asked one last, final question: "Who are you going with?" That they knew.
"We're going on vacation with mom and dad!"
Unlike these little girls, Jesus knew where He was going, and that was not on vacation with His family.
Even before He took His first breath, Jesus' life was headed toward an ending of great suffering and death. He knew He was going to the Garden of Gethsemane, where He would sweat great drops of blood. He knew He was going to be arrested by the henchmen of His church. He knew He would be condemned by His government and crucified.
Yes, Jesus knew where He was going.
He also knew nobody could go with Him. During those last hours He knew His friends would run away, and at the cross His Divine Father would forsake Him.
Jesus died alone, betrayed by a friend.
Jesus also knew that Judas would not be the only disciple who would betray Him. He knew His other disciples, people yet unborn -- people like you and me -- would betray Him with their sins or when they turn their backs on Him.
Amazingly, even though Jesus knew all these things, He still went forward, so we might be forgiven, so we might know no matter what happens we would be able to count on Him.
Now because of where Jesus went, like the little girls in the opening story, we may not know all the roads our life will take. Still, as God's redeemed, we know we're going with Jesus.
And that knowledge makes us safe.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, today I don't always know where I'm going. But I'm not afraid. I know that You're going to be with me. Help me during all my comings and goings to give thanks that You are with me. This I ask in Your Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries