From the moment Jesus entered the world, He was opposed and hunted by those wanting to kill Him. These issues came too close to home for the disciples. They had just seen Jesus’ glory revealed on the Mount of Transfiguration. But Jesus then tells them that “the Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men” (Luke 9:28-36, 44). As “He set His face to go to Jerusalem…He sent messengers ahead of Him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans…but the people did not receive Him, because His face was set toward Jerusalem” (9:51-53). This open opposition did not sit well with the disciples. “James and John…said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” That evoked a stern rebuke from the Lord.
We fall into a trap of the enemy when our thinking convinces us that we must respond to opposition. We may forget, as the disciples did, that resurrection power is in the person of Christ and that means He will deal finally and forever with those who reject Him. In the meantime, stay with the message we have been given and God will lead us to those who will receive it. Even in this ministry, we find there are very few, even in the church, whose hearts are open to returning to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. In fact, some we never hear from again after they know the message God has given us. As we will see later, Paul went where God was already opening hearts.