Jesus steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.
Isaiah in Old Testament times records what Jesus says about what The Lord GOD , his Father in heaven, has given him:
"The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned."
As chapter 50 goes on in verses 5-7 it gives an amazing picture of Jesus' obedience in going to his trial, crucifixion, and death:
" The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed (disappointed)."
We do know that Jesus was determined to carry out the Father's will, knowing that it would cause him tremendous suffering. We remember Jesus' prayer in the garden the night of his betrayal and arrest. " 'Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.'
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Luke 22:42-44
Charles Spurgeon says in his sermon notes:
For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. - Isaiah 50:7
THERE was no flint in the heart of Jesus, but there was much in his face. He was as resolute as he was submissive. Read verse 6 and this verse together - "I hid not my face from shame and spitting. . . I have set my face like a flint." Gentleness and resolve are married.
In Luke 9:51, we read, "he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem:" In our Lord there was no turning aside, though none helped him, and every one hindered him. He was neither confounded by thoughts within his own soul, nor rendered ashamed by the scorn of others.
Jesus had tried to prepare his disciples for his coming death, which was no accident or martyrdom, but an event planned from before the creation of the world.
Different versions of the Bible phrase Jesus' appointed time and manner of departure in different terms in Luke 9:31:
his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. KJV
his departure which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem RSV
the way he must take and the end he must fulfill in Jerusalem PHILLIPS
his departure, the destiny he was to fulfill in Jerusalem NEB
his exodus, the one Jesus was about to complete in Jerusalem. The Message
Jesus had told his friends that he would be killed by religious leaders and on the third day he would be raised from the dead. He warned disciples that following him would lead them into suffering and self-sacrifice.
The Message says, "About eight days after saying this, he climbed the mountain to pray; taking Peter, John, and James along. While he was in prayer, the appearance of his face changed and his clothes became blinding white. At once two men were there talking with him..." about his decease.