Jesus sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them.
Years of differences between the Jews and Samaritans resulted in the Samaritans shunning the messengers Jesus had sent ahead. Two of Jesus’ disciples asked Him if they could call on God to destroy the Samaritans in retaliation. Isn’t this the natural, human reaction…to attack someone who has wrongly treated us? It’s been going on for years…and years…and years…and years. Jesus’ answer to his disciples’ question was a stern “no.” If we all respond in love and compassion to those who wrong us instead of seeking revenge…while still standing for justice…wouldn’t the world be a better place? Jesus lived that message all the way to the cross. Death was not the end. Resurrection followed. Love wins. Be the change that you want to see in the world!
Suggested song of the day– “Salvation” on the Live to Love album.
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