Luke 9:51–56 (ESV)
A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus
51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did not receive him, because
his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 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?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 And they went on to another village.
You would never really know it until you really dive into Luke, but Verse 51 is one of the most pivotal verses in the Bible. It is at this verse that Jesus turns and faces Jerusalem and his focus is walking to his
death in the Holy City. The best translation of the Greek word is to “set his face” which means he becomes focused with his Divine purpose of being the sacrificial lamb on the cross. He turns toward Jerusalem and begins traveling
to Jerusalem with purpose. Jesus sends messengers ahead of him as he works his way toward Jerusalem. A Samaritan village rejects Jesus messengers and they want to destroy it. Jesus instead rebukes them for such attitudes.
I pray: O Lord, help me to be a messenger with love and not be judgmental on those who reject me or my message. Help me to be patient and not discouraged, but to continue planting the seeds of faith where ever
I go. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on you. Amen.