Getting it right (Luke 9)

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?” Luke 9:54

It goes without saying, but I am going to say it anyway: “there are somethings in life you had better get right.”  For example, you had better get it right in who you are marrying or a divorce is headed your way.  You had better get it right in what house you live in our you will be repairing the house all the time.  And above all you had better get it right in regard to who is God because your soul hangs in the balance.

The apprentices of Jesus had it right.  Peter confesses, “Jesus is the Christ!”  The apprentices were able for a moment to glimpse at the glory of Jesus on the mount of transfiguration.  They knew who He was, but there were things they did not get right:

  • They did not get it right with the feeding of the 5000.  They failed to see Him as the all-powerful bread of life.
  • They did not get it right when they were arguing about who was the greatest.  The truly great ones are those who serve others for the glory of God.
  • They did not get it right in a Samaritan village.  Vs: 51-55

I have read Luke 9 many times, but I do not believe I ever found myself so gripped by what James and John said in Vs: 54.  These men wanted judgment instead of mercy to be carried out against this village.  These men wanted wrath instead of forgiveness poured out on these men.

Notice what Jesus said:

56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

Brothers and sisters, Jesus came to save men’s lives.  We must get this right for our own salvation.  But not only ours, but for the souls of other men.

Think through this today.  All of us have people in our lives that rub us the wrong way or they are offensive to us.  But we cannot allow the flesh to control us.  God has called us to give mercy and forgiveness to all men.  We have to get this right for the sake of all people.

Peter got it right when he wrote:

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

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