No turning back is a devotional focusing on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation.” And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.” And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people hung upon his words. (Luke 19:41-38)
What a beautiful picture of the purity of Jesus, both human and divine. What a profound illustration of His great love. To see the Son weep over the city of His Father, and to watch Him drive out those who were violating the Holy Temple brings me to tears and distress as well. Jesus knew what was about to happen. He knew there was no turning back. It was all part of His Father’s plan for salvation, but still, He wept over the city He loved and cried out against those who had turned His Father’s house into a den of thieves.
“No Turning Back” Moments
Most of the time in my life, my “no turning back” moments have brought me sorrow. I can be an impulsive person and my cries of anger have often been from selfishness instead of righteous indignation. And even though I have committed my life to Christ, there have been times when I have wondered if I am truly all in for Christ. Sometimes my Christian walk has felt like some holy poker game: I have put all my chips on the table, but inside my hand was a little weak. What if God asked me to lay down my life for Him? I would die to protect my family, but when I am fearful about speaking to a coworker about my faith, how can I be sure I am ready to go all in for Jesus?
Thanks be to God that HE provides the strength I need to accomplish my goals for Him. Each day, as I move closer toward heaven, I can take comfort in the fact that it is God who has sovereign control over my life. My “job” is to tune my heart to Him more and more so I can learn to listen to what He is calling me to do. I need to tune my heart to hear those things that should raise righteous anger or holy sorrow. Only then can I pray about how I can respond to what I experience. Is there a cause worth winning? Is there a lonely soul in need of comfort? Are there poor or sick or prisoners who could use my finances? Are there brothers and sisters who could use my time, talent, or treasure? And what about the gifts God has given me – in my case, words: am I using them for Him, not just in writing, but in my daily interactions with others? All of these become the challenge that today’s reading raises for me.
When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51 RSVCE)
Jesus never shrank from His purpose. Though He was tempted in the wilderness, at every encounter with His enemies, in the Garden, and even on the cross, He never gave in and He never gave up! Until He cried from the cross, “It is finished!” (John 19:30), Jesus continued His lifework and completed the task He had come here to accomplish. He accepted pain, humiliation rejection and the agony of taking upon Himself all of humanity’s sins as He fulfilled perfectly what was required. No one else could have accomplished our salvation except the perfect Son of God!
When I am feeling inadequate over my calling as a Christian, when I feel alone or misunderstood, outmatched, overwhelmed, or totally lost, I can look to the cross and see the One who satisfied of the debt I owed and opened the way for me to spend eternity in heaven. It is there that all those doubts will be swallowed up in that perfect victory, that perfect resolution of spirit, that perfect love.
Father, this will be a time of no turning back. To contemplate just what your Son did for the world means I must examine who I am. I know that I fall so short, but I also know that Jesus has won the victory I could never win. In that I find comfort, strength, and joy! As I continue the journey to the cross this week, may I honor you with my thoughts, my prayers, my deeds and my life. I offer them all, in Jesus’ name, Amen.