Today’s passage is Luke 9:51-62. Let’s go!
Luke 9:51-56 (NIV)
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.
52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him;
53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.
54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”
55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them,
56 and they went to another village.
On verses 51-56: Why did the Samaritan village reject Jesus because Jesus was heading for Jerusalem? It’s because culturally Jews and Samaritans did not associate with one another and considered one another enemies. The Samaritans rejected Jesus based on the fact that Jesus and his disciples were Jews heading to the Jewish city of Jerusalem. Fueled by anger and pride, two of Jesus’ closest disciples, James and John, offer to call fire down from heaven to destroy the Samaritan village that didn’t welcome them. No wonder Jesus gave James and John the nicknames “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17). However, Jesus rebukes them for this suggestion and they move on.