“And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:22-24 (KJV)
The apostle Paul was bound by his own spirit to go to Jerusalem to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to his people of Israel. He had been chosen by God as the apostle to the Gentiles, but he still had a heart for Israel
My question is to myself. Am I willing to go to my people willing to lose my life, for the sake of the gospel? For the sake of Jesus Christ? They are people who are perishing in their sins. They too need Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I cannot save them, but I can tell them the glorious news of God’s love through the cross of Jesus, His burial, and resurrection.
The passion of Jesus was the cross. He had His eyes set on Jerusalem; and that means to go to the cross and die for the sins of the world, that those who will believe might have everlasting life. He was willing to die that we might have a personal relationship with God.
Lord God, may my passion be to tell all I meet of the glorious Christ Jesus who died on the cross, was buried and rose again. May I also tell them that same resurrected Jesus is coming again. I think of Galatians 2:20