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Communion: He set His face like flint

This week six words words from Isaiah have been stuck in my mind. Six simple words that say so much. "He set His face like flint"

These words come from Isaiah 50:6-7. It says, "I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame."

These are the words prophesied some 700 years beforehand. They talk of our glorious Savior who suffered greatly, enduring scorn and shame on our behalf.

It is these words that the disciple Luke recalled when he wrote his gospel. "As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51).

It was the Father’s will for His Son to suffer and die for the sins of mankind. Jesus knew this all too well, and He still went through with it. Let me say that again. Jesus knew exactly what you and I were going to cost him—his very life. He knew that it was going to be messy and painful, yet he followed the path marked out for him towards Jerusalem, setting his face like flint.

Flint is a very hard type of sedimentary rock. When struck against steel, a flint edge produces sparks to start a fire. Setting your face like flint implies that you’re expecting some opposition, to stand strong in the face of adversity. To set your face like flint means to regard these difficulties as worthwhile when you consider what they will lead you to.

When I learned the purpose of flint, I began to realize what these six words mean: It means having the resolve to achieve the Father's eternal purposes, no matter what the personal cost.

Jesus had countless opportunities to abandon the task He was sent to complete. Even in the Garden of Gethsemane, He asked for it to be taken, but yet still surrendered His will. He was unwavering with every step He took. When He told his disciples of the suffering He was going to endure in Jerusalem, they pleaded with him to choose an easier path, but He did not listen.

Jesus was steadfast. Jesus was resolute. Jesus was determined in achieving His purpose until He said, “It is finished”.

You know, when Jesus set His face like flint, He had you in mind. He knew what He would suffer. But He knew you were worth it. Never ever forget how much Jesus loved you. Never forget how much Jesus loves you. He held nothing back and He set His face like flint for you.

By Dave Quinn
Founder of PASSIONAustralia.org

 

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