When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.
by: Jasmine Lynch.
James and John’s response to the Samaritan village’s rejection of Jesus demonstrated their humanity—living in the flesh. Have you been disrespected by individuals who should respect you? Did you feel like teaching them a lesson? I have, during times when I am listening to the flesh. The Samaritans were seen by the Jews as low-class dogs, and the idea that they would not accommodate the disciples brought out the worst in James and John. They felt like burning them up. Note Jesus’ answer: “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of” (v.55). Do not allow the flesh to take over the spirit when you are angry. Jesus came to give life, not to destroy life.