(Luke 9:51-55) When the days were coming to a close for Him to be taken up, He determined to journey to Jerusalem. 52 He sent His messengers ahead of Him, and on the way they entered into a village of the Samaritans to make preparations for Him. 53 But they did not welcome Him, because He He determined to journey to Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they said,”Lord do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them? 55 But He turned and rebuked them and went to another village HCSB
The readiness and resolution of Jesus Christ: “He” determined-“He” knew it was time and He was ready (9:51) When the time has come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go
..No one knows the day or the hour[Matthew 24:36] though Jesus knew He was near His. He had foresight of what He had to endure, and what the finish would look like. Recently, former First Lady, Nancy Reagan was laid to rest, she had planned her inevitable down to the last detail, even how she was to be interred next to her “Ronnie”
All of His life, Jesus prepared for His inevitable. And, He looked through it, and past it for our sake [1Timothy 3:16] Yet, He was rejected, their faces turned away from Him
(Isaiah 53:3) He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of suffering who knew what sickness was
He was like someone people turned away from
He was despised and we didn’t value Him
He sent His disciples ahead to a Samaritan village to make provisions for His arrival and to set up lodgings, which was really a test of their hearts. He wanted to know if they would be prepared for His coming and would be ready to receive Him. What they did find is an uncivil people who rejected and wanted nothing to do with Him. People who were afraid that the controversy regarding the interaction between the themselves and the Jews were coming to pass. Though, it is believed that these people were a select few, religious leaders who had sent the rude letter, because Jews were already living among them. Had others known, they would’ve cone out to welcome Jesus( The Samaritan Woman)
This was also a test of the disciple’s temperment. James and John believing to have fiery tempers asked Jesus if He wanted them to call down fire from heaven on them. This opposition to the gospel was not uncommon, so in hearing this, Jesus admonishes them and questions whether they have learned anything or not by being with Him. Jesus was not there to cause to be a disruption or cause a stir, so He reminds the disciples about loving their enemies, and blessing those who curse you.
Sadly, this was a great blessing that was missed, because many missed Jesus’ coming, and didn’t get to hear the gospel, and the Galileans could not pass through to go to Jerusalem. So they quietly retreated to another Samaritan village where the citizens were not so stingy and bigoted, and refreshed them.
Note, When a stream of opposition is strong, it is wisdom to get out of the way of it. If some be very rude, instead of revenging it, we should try whether others will not be more civil Anonymous