When Your Enemy is Not

Luke 9:51–56 (NKJV)

On this particular occasion, Jesus purposed to go toward Jerusalem and begin His journey to the cross. As He came to a village in Samaria this time, they did not receive Him, because somehow they sensed His purpose to go to Jerusalem. When the village rejected His staying there, the disciples sought to call down fire from heaven upon them, but Jesus rebuked them, reminding them that they were meant to bring life, not death.

51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”
55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.

Luke 9:51-56

Jesus’ purpose was clear to Him as God and He were one, and their purpose was one. As Jesus proceeded through His life, His purpose also became clear to others, and in this story He is the recipient of a snub that would continue to propel Him toward His destiny. The moral of this story is that sometimes the very people that seem to be snubbing you or opposing you may be following the plan of God, even unwittingly, to help you move toward your own destiny. Do not curse those who curse you. Instead, see their actions as help, not hindrance. Help can come in the most unlikely ways from the most unlikely people. Trust God’s plan.

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