Again this week the sermon for the Sunday morning service will be based on the Gospel text, and, again, that text comes from the Gospel according to Luke. And it is one of those passages where Jesus says, "I must...."
We hear that a lot these days. There are things to do. There are things that need to be done. You can easily finish this sentence, "I must...."
We don't hear Jesus saying that a lot. That saying is even distinctively in Luke, and even there it's not too often.
The word is connected to the verb 'to bind'. Jesus, bound? The Son of God, bound? That's not how we usually picture someone with so much power.
We can easily see ourselves as bound. That's ultimately because of sin. We have to ... sin. That sounds bad ... and it is.
Obviously that's the whole point of the Father sending his Son. He had a purpose; he had a goal. It's as if he was saying, "It's my job to....; I couldn't do anything else but....; I couldn't resist....; I would LOVE to...."
That's what drove him to the cross. That's what drove him to remain there. While there he said things like, "Today, you will be with me in paradise."
Now that sounds a lot better.