DEVOTION: Luke 9:51-62English Standard Version (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?"[a] 55 But he turned and rebuked them.[b] 56 And they went on to another village.
"The Cost of Following Jesus"
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." 59 To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 60 And Jesus[c] said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 61 Yet another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home." 62 Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
Lots of harsh things going on in this passage. Life was harsh for Jesus, especially as he set his face toward Jerusalem. Once he did that, it was all business. It was all business, because that's what He had truly come to do. His face was set toward Jerusalem, because that is where he would suffer and die for the sins of the world. It would be where he would feel the whips, the crown of thorns, the beating so bad that people couldn't recognize him, the nails in his hands and feet, and finally where he would take his last breath. It wasn't a fun trip.
Notice how it says that many rejected him, and many quit following him. It still happens in our day. It is most certainly happening in our United States, in our society. In place of God's Word, people want tolerance and acceptance. In place of confession and absolution, people want acceptance and even recognition and pride in all things sinful. The people rejected Jesus once he stopped giving them what they wanted and turned his face toward to Jerusalem to give them what they needed.
My prayer for you is that you set your face toward Jerusalem with Jesus so that you may see what the Lord's will is no matter how opposed the world is to it. Stand firm in God's Word! Speak the truth in love! Keep preaching, teaching, and living love ad forgiveness. Live in Christ and know that your reward awaits you in paradise!
Prayer: Lord, make me to know your will, to surrender to it, and to live in it. Amen.
Wed- Worship at Oak Pointe 10am
Thurs- Pastor leaves for vacation and is gone till July 2
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- John Pezold 11- Jacob Winn
Ushers- George, Gary, and Ben Hoelscher, and Brent Davis
Altar- Set up- Linda Callies; Clean Up- Lois Boeger
Elders- Sat- Roy Bohning; 8:30- Randy Sweet; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Jim and Vickie McRae; 11- Steve and Sandy Robine
Lay Readers- Sat- Roy Bohning 8:30- Derek Ebert; 11- Jim Rahn
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Piano- Kathy Barrow
Projectionists: No projection this week
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND, JULY 2 and 3
Acolytes- 8:30- Dawn Sherman 11- Hailey Blechle
Ushers- Marvin hendershot, Don Luebke, Dave Callies, Don Nolte
Altar-- Set up- Marilyn Foster and Sue Ruhl; Clean up- Sandy Robine
Greeters- 8:30- Don Nolte; 11- Joan Sexton
Lay Readers- Sat- Judy Koprowski; 8:30- Tim Linke; 11- Steve Robine
Pianist- Barb Dreyer
Projectionist- Sat- Toni Mauch; 8:30- Erv Yoder; 11- Gus
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: How many nations does Amos speak against? Eight including Judah and Israel.
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