Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”*
55 But He turned and rebuked them,* and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.“* And they went to another village. (NKJV)
- Disciples wanted to call down fire because of an offense like Elijah had done.
- Jesus rebuked them because they wanted to act out of a wrong spirit.
What could be wrong with wanting to act like one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament? You hear everywhere you go people saying they are called to be and act like Elijah, Elisha, David ect, but Jesus rebuked His disciples for doing what many Christians today are trying to do. The men and women of the Old Testament did not have their sins forgiven. They did not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. They only knew God who was at war against their sins, and they related to Him and others accordingly. Jesus rebuked them because God is no longer judging us according to our sins. Jesus took all sin and all judgment to the cross and forever satisfied God’s wrath.
Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. (NKJV)
- The world is being judged and it’s ruler (satan) is being cast out
- The word “peoples” in verse 32 was not in the original Greek. It should read “will draw all to myself”
- Jesus talks about His crucifixion.
Since we know that the subject in verse 31 is “judgment” and verse 32 He was speaking about how He would die. Jesus wasn’t saying that if you preach about my crucifixion everyone will come, He was talking about His upcoming death. In light of this we see that the subject in verse 31 carries over to verse 32 and so Jesus was saying,” If I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all judgment to Myself“. He was saying that when He died He would take all God’s wrath and judgment towards sin and all men to Himself! God isn’t about to judge you, Jesus has already been judged for you!
I am NOT condoning sin or saying that God does not care if you sin! Just that He does not change the way He relates to you based on if you are sinning or not. It is not based on your actions, but based on Jesus’ sacrifice. There are consequences to sin! When you sin you give a place to satan to come in and destroy your life. If you yield yourself to sin you yield yourself to the author of that sin (satan). (Rom 6:16) Satan will destroy you but God isn’t judging you. When you realize the free gift we have been given through Jesus you would have to be stupid to yield yourself to sin and allow satan to destroy you. But God loves you stupid!
Why do we need to know this?
- Otherwise you will believe God is the problem, causing or allowing sickness as judgment and punishment.
- You will always wonder about God’s will and never be truly able to be in faith. As long as you are not sure, you will always be on a rollercoaster of faith or unbelief.
- You will be problem-focused instead of solution focused (Jesus).
- You will judge people instead of ministering to them.
- You will become purely works-based, prescribing things the person needs to live up to before God will move on their behalf.
- You will minister condemnation and guilt which leads nowhere good.
- You will confuse people.