Luke 9:52-55 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And 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?" But he turned and rebuked them.
The word for today is paradox, that is something which seems like a contradiction, and yet it is true, even if we donít understand. The Trinity is one God in three persons Ė we donít understand it. God is eternal, so how can he die on a cross. There are many paradoxes in the Bible, many which are part of our faith, but the one we wish to focus on today is how God can be urgent and patient both at the same time.
If it is urgent it needs to be done right away. Getting ReadyÖ
Patience is the ability to wait in hope and eager anticipation for something which is not yet, but about to come.
The Gospel is about Godís urgent patience Ė The Kingdom of God is at hand.
Our problem is that if we tell someone this good news, and they donít appear to respond, we take it personally. We feel a need to defend God. We become indignant that people are not ready, that they do not heed the message Ė and like James and John we may feel as though we ought to call down fire from heaven, Ö.
But the anger of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God James 1:20