And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 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?”
But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.”
“God should wipe those people off the face of the earth.”
“If God doesn’t destroy [this city], He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!”
I’ve actually heard statements like this from other people.
I’m guilty of thinking much the same thing at times.
It’s very judgmental and totally condemning with no opportunity of redemption.
This is exactly what James and John desired for the Samaritans.
Jesus has such a classic answer that turns it back on them – “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of!”
Their spirit and desire were not of Christ.
Jesus did not come to condemn, we are condemned already.
Jesus came to seek and to save that which is lost.
He came to give life more abundantly.
He came to redeem mankind from the destruction of sin.
His Spirit should live in us to desire the same for those around us!
Instead of, “God punish them all” we should pray, “God, please save them all!”