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Sowing Without Judging

Posted: Friday, December 11, 2009 in Luke, New Testament

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, and they went to another village.

Over the last few days, the passages I have been writing on are not the most obvious ones in the chapter and I want to let you know that it is not because the others are not more or less important, rater it’s what the Lord lays on my heart to write about. Again it seems Jesus is facing rejection and not acceptance and this certainly seems bizarre. Why would anyone in their right mind refuse a man who has performed such miracles that confounded even the most respected religious leaders? Were they not in need of healing? Was it because they dint believe in Jesus being the messiah? What was the issue?

As Jesus draws closer to the cross, he keeps reminding his disciples about his upcoming death and resurrection. It was not something that was obvious to anyone but things were going against him in the mind of the religious leaders. Their version of religion and beliefs, which was taught to them by their fathers and forefathers was being attacked in their face by a man who claimed to be the messiah. If the Samaritan people welcomed him in their village, they would be put through very difficult times by the Jews. Samaritans were not considered equal and looked down upon by the Jews. The last thing they wanted was to suffer for this. Jesus response to his disciples suggestion of calling destruction on these people was strange though. Instead of shaking off the dust from his feet as he commanded his disciples to do when they were rejected in a town, he told them off saying that he came to save people and not destroy them. We are reminded today that even though people may reject Jesus, it does not mean they are bad or that the Lord does not care for them. We are called to serve Christ and it is God’s work to save them, not ours. Lets serve God faithfully and not judge those we serve Christ to.

In His Loving Service,

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