The Life and Teachings
of Jesus
A Restatement of the Gospels

72. On the Way to the Feast

        51When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.a 52And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of Samaritans, to make ready for him; 53but the people would not receive him.
        54And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?”
        55But he turned and rebuked them and said, “You know not what manner of spirit you are of.”b
        56And they went on to another village.
        (Lk. 9:51–56)

a   “he set his face to go to Jerusalem.”—Even though his followers had urged him to make himself known in Jerusalem, they certainly must have been taken aback when Jesus boldly chose to attend this feast, since the Jewish religious leaders at Jerusalem now sought to have him arrested and killed. (See Ch. 71.)

b   “You know not what manner of spirit you are of.”—James and John are manifesting a vengeful attitude, and Jesus rebukes them for it.

Lk. 9:53  him. / him because his face was set toward Jerusalem. (RSV)
Lk. 9:55   KJV • spirit you are (RSV) / spirit ye are (KJV)   (162:0/1788)