What Jesus Did! 'Some Folks Won't See' — Luke 9:51-56

Monday, June 22, 2015

The time was coming near when Jesus would leave and go back to heaven. He decided to go to Jerusalem. Jesus sent some men ahead of him. The men went into a town in Samaria to make everything ready for Jesus. But the people there would not welcome Jesus because he was going toward Jerusalem. James and John, the followers of Jesus, saw this. They said, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven and destroy those people?" But Jesus turned and scolded them. Then Jesus and his followers went to another town.
— Luke 9:51-56
Illustration of Luke 9:51-56 — "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven and destroy those people?"

Key Thought

As hard as it is to accept, some folks just aren't ready to meet Jesus. They will simply reject him because of his race, his gender, his time in history or the prejudices that people have developed about his followers. Our response shouldn't be anger and hostility—these attitudes use up too much energy and damage our hearts. Instead, our response should be doing good when and where we can, and when we are rejected, we just move on to the next open door. Some day later, the closed door may open and many may come to know Jesus when the time in their hearts is right—just as it so happened at a later time with the Samaritans (see John 4 and Acts 8).

Today's Prayer

Father, when folks reject Jesus before even giving him a chance, please keep me patient and hopeful, but not bogged down or resentful. Help me see the open doors you have placed before me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The time was coming near when Jesus would leave and go back to heaven. He decided to go to Jerusalem. Jesus sent some men ahead of him. The men went into a town in Samaria to make everything ready for Jesus. But the people there would not welcome Jesus because he was going toward Jerusalem. James and John, the followers of Jesus, saw this. They said, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven and destroy those people?" But Jesus turned and scolded them. Then Jesus and his followers went to another town. They were all traveling along the road. Someone said to Jesus, "I will follow you any place you go." Jesus answered, "The foxes have holes to live in. The birds have nests to live in. But the Son of Man has no place where he can rest his head." Jesus said to another man, "Follow me!" But the man said, "Lord, let me go and bury my father first." But Jesus said to him, "Let the people that are dead bury their own dead! You must go and tell about the kingdom of God." Another man said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to my family." Jesus said, "If any person begins to plow a field, but looks back, he is not prepared for the kingdom of God."

Luke 9:51-62

Related Scripture Readings

If the people in the town will not welcome you, go outside the town and shake their dust off of your feet. This will be a warning to them."

Luke 9:5

Many of the Samaritan people in that town believed in Jesus. They believed because of what the woman had told them about Jesus. She had told them, "He (Jesus) told me everything I have ever done." The Samaritans went to Jesus. They begged Jesus to stay with them. So Jesus stayed there two days. Many more people believed because of the things Jesus said. The people said to the woman, "First we believed in Jesus because of what you told us. But now we believe because we heard him ourselves. We know now that he really is the one that will save the world."

John 4:39-42

Then the two apostles told the people the things they had seen {Jesus do}. The apostles told the people the message of the Lord. Then they went back to Jerusalem. On the way they went through many Samaritan towns and told people the Good News.

Acts 8:25

Comments

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Easy-to-Read Version copyright © 2001 by World Bible Translation Center. All rights reserved.