Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Indian Head, MD
 Luke 9:51-62
June 26, 2022

 Luke 9:51-62

June 26, 2022   /   Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Indian Head, MD

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 Luke 9:51-62

New International Version

51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them[a]?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

 

Background
Jesus was keenly aware of His mission and of the progressive movement of the events that surrounded Him. Timing was extremely important in His birth and in the beginning of His ministry. As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem (9:51). Luke did not say “as the time approached for him to die,” though that was His mission, and it would have to happen before He could be taken up to heaven. Being taken up to heaven would indicate He had fully completed His earthly ministry. As much as He loved people and was committed to the completion of His redemptive purpose, He must have longed to be back with His Father. The road that would return Him to heaven must first go through Jerusalem, and He did not try to avoid the inevitable, but rather He moved toward the necessary.

There is strength and determination expressed in the words used by Luke. Resolutely set out means to “steadfastly fix oneself to an objective.” Jesus was on a journey from which He would not be detoured, and it would ultimately lead to His departure from this life.[1]

 

[1] Ken Heer, Luke: A Commentary for Bible Students (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2007), 151–152.

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