The time had come for Jesus to begin his journey to Jerusalem—and to the cross. He knew that word of his teachings and miracles had gone ahead of him, so he was cautious about entering certain villages.
This was especially true of Samaritan villages, where Jews in general were not welcome and where he in particular might face opposition. So he sent a few followers ahead of him to one village to find a place for him to stay and maybe even a gathering place where he could preach. But the answer came back as a resounding “No.” The villagers wanted nothing to do with this Jewish prophet or his date with destiny.
John and James were indignant. “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” they asked (Luke 9:54). But Jesus would hear none of this. He rebuked them and continued on his way.
No wonder Jesus called these two brothers the “Sons of Thunder”! There must have been times when he truly appreciated their passion and loyalty to…
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