Friday, March 19: Because he was heading for Jerusalem

Read Luke 9:51-56


The last days of Jesus' earthly life are filled with significant events and teachings. During these weeks leading up to Easter, we'll travel with Jesus toward Jerusalem and his crucifixion, marveling at his determination to finally fulfill his destiny as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Read Luke 9:51-56

As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?" But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village.



Several stark truths stand out in this short episode. Jesus is determined to go to Jerusalem, knowing that he will die there. His disciples are defensive for his honor and quick to want to see those who dishonor him punished. Jesus cares about these foreign Samaritans but will not force himself on anyone.


Jesus' earthly life is fast drawing to an end. Do you sense an urgency in him here? What else do you see in Jesus' words and actions? James and John were quick to judge and condemn. Today, how can you be more like Jesus and less like these disciples?



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