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April 13, 2015

Pastor’s Blog

St. Luke 9:51- 56 (NASB)

51. When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem;

52. And He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make arrangements for Him.

53. But they did not receive Him, because He was traveling toward Jerusalem.

54. When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

55. But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;

56. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” And they went on to another village.

In these verses Jesus sent messengers ahead to prepare the people for His arrival. But the Samaritans did not welcome Him. They rejected Jesus … they did not want to help Him or participate in what He was trying to accomplish in Israel and in the world. The Samaritan reaction offended the disciples of Jesus and their immediate response was a wish to use their connections and power for retribution. James and John asked Jesus to allow them to nuke the Samaritans. They asked in verse 54: "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?" In their minds, the Samaritans’ rejection called for instant judgment.

But notice how Jesus responded to them. Jesus corrected His disciples. Jesus rebuked them and then moved on to the next village. In doing so, Jesus' actions spoke for itself.

Jesus knew that there would be some folk who could not accept Him. There would be some folk who would not believe in Him or what He was doing… but Jesus accepted that fact and kept it moving. He did not allow His disciples to wield their power as a club of judgment. Jesus did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save men’s lives. Jesus teaches, instructs, warns, heals, delivers, loves and extends mercy to men. Then He gives people time to decide to come to him. That is how good God is.

Even today some folk just can’t get with the program. Some folk will reject the good that we try to do. Some folk will scoff at our endeavors in the Kingdom. But Jesus taught that we should not judge those people. It is God who judges. We are to pray for them, encourage them, and continue to love them the way Jesus does; and all the while, we are to keep it moving. Keep doing what God called us to do. If they won’t come, if they want help or if they refuse to be a part of what we are doing for God, then we move on without them… but we must never show any malice towards them.

God is good. He gives people time to choose to do what is right. We have to do the same thing.

Dr. J. M. Wooten

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