This is from The Mission blog:
"He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem..." (Luke 18:31)
Oswald Chambers writes: "Jerusalem, in the life of our Lord , represents the place where He reached the culmination of His Father's will. Jesus said, "I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent me." (John 5:30). The greatest thing for us to remember is that we go up to Jerusalem to fulfill God's purpose, not our own. Remember Jesus said, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you. (John 15:16)."
My prayer. Dear Heavenly Father I ask you in the name of Jesus that you'd keep pushing me, pulling me, driving me to go with you to Jerusalem, to seek your compelling purpose, never allowing me to falter or turn my sights on anything else but Christ and going with Him. I can and will do this by your great grace through faith in the accomplished work of the cross. Amen!
Luke 18: 31-34: "Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken."
"And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken."
It is rare for the Lord to reveal Himself (His will/wisdom/knowledge) to a vessel that is not surrendered to Christ and that does not die to self. The rain from heaven (revelation knowledge) is gratefully soaked into fallow, humble ground--dead to self will.
I Corinthians 2: 14-16: "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
To the Jews Spiritual, who are of the Seed of Abraham Spiritually