Jesus Set His Face Towards Jerusalem

Date: 12 Jun 2022

Sermon Text: Luke 9:51–10:42

Speaker: Ps Daniel Tan

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Last Sunday, we came face to face with this question of who Jesus is. Like Peter, is Jesus the Christ of God? Is Jesus the Messiah, the anointed one, the promised one whom God has sent?

For many of us in Hermon, we would respond with a resounding Yes! Yes, to me, Jesus is the Christ.

And so there are implications to that confession. And that is encapsulated at the transfiguration. There, God the Father affirms who Jesus is and says ‘this is my Son, my Chosen One, listen to him’.

In Hermon, we are setting a tradition that the Sunday Service ends not with the Benediction and the 3-fold Amen but after we have had time to dwell on the reflection questions. This is how we want to listen.

If not, may I submit we are like those who look at a mirror and immediately forget what we look like the moment we turn away from it.

The whole worship service provides us a biblical lens to see ourselves clearly and so it is necessary for us to spend some moments in reflection.

If not, God’s Word washes over us like water over a duck’s back and we do not allow the transformative work of the Holy Spirit to begin in us.

So let’s give ourselves the opportunity again to reflected on one of last Sunday’s questions:

“Following Jesus entails total surrender of self and a corresponding humility. Have you taken seriously the demands of discipleship? What is most difficult to surrender in your life and attitude right now?”

May I invite us to keep this at the back of our minds even as we go through today’s Scripture text.

Jim Elliot, born in 1927, was murdered in 1956. Elliot was an American missionary seeking to evangelize the people of Ecuador.