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?”
Have you ever been so angry that you wanted God’s wrath to be poured out on someone? We need to be careful with this type of attitude.
As Jesus made His final trip into Jerusalem to face the cross, He wanted to minister to a village of Samaritans but the people would not welcome Him. Jesus sent a few men ahead of them to find a place to stay but they couldn’t find one.
The city of Samaria wanted nothing to do with Jesus. When James and John discovered this, they wanted to see the village go up in flames. They thought the people should be destroyed because they rejected the Messiah.
James and John were nicknamed “Sons of Thunder” because of their bodacious attitudes. (Mark 3:17) They were brothers and close friends to Jesus and expected people to believe in Jesus as Messiah. However, we all know that Jesus is rejected by many.
Even today we witness people rejecting the message of Jesus but we should never want to see them consumed with fire because of their hardened hearts. Instead we should pray for them and for their hearts to be softened to receive the gospel of Jesus. Jesus rebuked James and John for their judgmental attitude.
Again in Acts 8:5, Philip (one of the twelve disciples) went back to Samaria to preach the Gospel and great things happened as they received the Word of God. We should never give up on those who reject the gospel of Jesus.
We should be consistent with sharing the love and good news to those who are ignorant to the truth. Calling down judgment and wrath is not the right perspective. God’s ultimate plan was carried out as they finally accepted Jesus and believed. But what if they were destroyed before they ever believed?
Lord we want to see Your great work done here on earth and we want to witness your power and grace. Help me to have a soft heart and a compassion for others.