Luke 9:51-56 "When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village."
Reflection. I find this passage strangely encouraging and also disturbing.
Encouraging, because it reminds me that not everyone will receive Jesus when we share our love for Him with them. We are in good company. Goodness, a whole village did not receive him as he was 'en route' to Jerusalem.
Disturbing because I can be a bit like the disciples when folk don't see things my way. How many of us carry that tendency towards judgement and, perhaps even, punishment being meted out on others. What brings me up short, and to a place of repentance, is that Jesus reserved his rebuke for the disciples James and John and not for those who rejected Him. Makes you think, doesn't it?
And what follows is a lesson as well. Luke says that they went on to another village. Almost as if he is saying rejection happens, upsets come, but keep on sharing the Good News of Jesus. Onwards.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, may all come to know and love you. Amen.