In Luke 9, we reach a turning point in Jesus’s story, as he turns his face and begins his final journey to Jerusalem. Likewise, this is the last Sunday before Lent, a season in which we turn our focus on following Jesus to the Cross. Turning points are important markers in our life that bring clarity and focus to the things that matter most.
Luke 9:51-57 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive 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. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”[a] 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 Then[b] they went on to another village.
Would-Be Followers of Jesus
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”