[JAMES – SON OF THUNDER]Luke 9.51-56 03.24.2019
Ordinary People. Extraordinary Calling| CFA | Pastor Tracy Cook
- A SAMARITAN VILLAGE REJECTS JESUS
TEXT Luke 9.51-56 ESV 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?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 And they went on to another village.
“We must be careful that our loyalty to and zeal for Christ do not conceal a spirit of revenge or violence against the unsaved who live in darkness and sin.” – Don Stamps
Luke 19.10 ESV10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
John 3.17 ESV17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
- REQUEST FOR PROMINENCE IN JESUS’ KINGDOM
Mark 10.35-45 ESV 35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Do you have character traits which, like James, need to be re-directed or refined in order to be used in a greater or more effective way for the Lord?
James desired: Crown of glory, power, prominence, rulership, vengeance.
Jesus offered: cup of suffering, servanthood, martyrdom, a sword and grace, mercy, and salvation.