Luke 9:51-56, Rejection, Mercy, and Judgment

The sermon text for this Lord’s Day contains an unusual story from the life of Jesus. On his way toward Jerusalem, Jesus was rejected by the people in the city of Samaria. James and John instinctively wanted them punished, but Jesus showed them mercy. Even so, the story develops with the idea of judgment lingering in the background. The prospect of righteous judgment gives mercy its full meaning.