We sing in a hymn: “I will travel on with Jesus”. We all have the privilege to travel with Jesus and we can have no better traveling companion than Jesus.
There is nowhere God will ask us to travel, that Jesus hasn’t already traveled.
When we travel with Jesus, we travel with someone who knows and understands the journey and the traveling surrounds are not foreign to Him.
Different experiences come, that cause us to travel different paths. Maybe paths we wouldn’t choose to travel, but as we travel those paths with Jesus, there will be treasures we gain that we wouldn’t want to lose.
Traveling with Jesus will help us to see the beauty of the journey we are traveling.
Where and how did Jesus travel? Jesus traveled from Heaven to earth and He traveled to Gethsemane and on to Calvary.
It wasn’t an easy path Jesus traveled, but how He traveled was in His Fathers strength.
Luke 9. 51-56. “And it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for Him. And they did not receive Him, because His face was as though He would go to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But He turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.“
We read here a little of the path Jesus traveled. Jesus wasn’t doing this for pleasure. It wasn’t going to be easy, but He was willing to go.
Maybe when we know something is going to be difficult, it is in us to shrink back from it, but we read Jesus steadfastly set His face. This stopped Him wavering and getting distracted as He traveled, and the purpose of His travel remained the same.
It was said once: determination will take us some of the way, but submission will take us all of the way.
We see Jesus’ submission in the garden, when He prayed.
Matthew 26. 39, “And He went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
Jesus’ perfect submission enabled Him to know of victory in this struggle, and to keep on traveling the path God had chosen.
When Jesus was on the cross He said: “It is finished”. Jesus had accomplished what He had set out to do on His travels.
Where Jesus traveled and what He did as He traveled was for me personally.
Want to keep a thankful heart for the path Jesus was willing to travel.
When we travel with Jesus, we will be safe travelers and we won’t hinder others in their travels.
May we travel all the way with Jesus, that we would safely reach the homeland.