As Jesus set out for Jerusalem in our scripture reading for today, He took the most direct route, which was through the unfriendly land of the Samaritans. One of the villages was not welcoming to His disciples as they entered into town to make arrangements for Jesus’ coming. This made two of the disciples very angry as they asked Jesus if He desired them to call down fire from heaven to destroy both the city and its residents. Jesus in His maturity rebuked His disciples for their destructive desires. After all, Jesus is not about condemning and destroying; He is about saving and forgiving, as He led them to simply go to another village.
(Luke 9:51-56) 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 Then he and his disciples went to another village.