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The Journey
The Rev. Joseph WinstonJuly 1, 2007
Grace and peace are gifts for you from God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today with easy access to transportation of all types, we normally do not con-cern ourselves with planning as we move from one place to another.
Take thecommon, everyday trip as an example. At the most, we might check the gas gaugebefore we get in the car and drive off to our destination. However, it was notalways this easy. When automobiles were first introduced to this country, drivingrequired extensive preparation. Things that we take for granted such as good roadsand readily available fuel were not the norm. Drivers carefully mapped out routesthat took into account the condition of the roads and locations of gas stations. If the trip required an overnight stay, you needed a place to sleep because motoring
Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:2, Philemon 1:3
The format of today’s sermon is largely based on the sermon of Rev. Ed Peterman given atChrist the King in Houston on June 28, 1998. Pastor Peterman’s sermon in turn is based on BrianP. Stoffregen’s comments on the Gospel.
hotels or motels had not been invented yet. These early cars were cantankerousand the driver needed the ability to fix every item on them since repair shops oftenhad never even seen a car before.Allofthisworkneededbeforeonestartedatripmadeonefocusonthejourney.Every item needed to fit into its special place. Clothes were put into their bags.Tools were packed away. Maps were carefully folded and if at all possible, anextra can of gas was strapped onto the car. Anything not needed for the journeywas jettisoned. Finally, the day arrived and everyone piled into the car for the trip.The insight needed to understand today’s text is the word: “journey.” Jesus ison a journey toward the cross. Nothing can keep Him from this journey because if He does not arrive in Jerusalem and fulfill His Father’s will by dying on the cross,we will not be saved. Knowing this key fact that Jesus is on a journey, we can nowturn our attention to today’s lesson.In the first six verses of today’s Gospel lesson, the author of Luke uses thesame Greek word (
) for journey five different times. You were not ableto hear this word that helps to explain the lesson because the translators of the En-glish text decided not to bore you with repeating the same word over and overagain. But that is exactly what the author of Luke wanted you to hear. Verse51 actually says, “Jesus set His face to
to Jerusalem.” The next verseshould read, “On their
they entered a village of the Samaritans.” Verse53’s translation is, “they did not receive him, because his face was
intoJerusalem.” The next occurrence is in verse 56 and it should be, “Then they
on to another village.” Finally, verse 57’s translation should read, “As they2
on the way, someone said to him.”On His journey to Jerusalem and His death on the cross, Jesus stops in aSamaritan village. Before we go on, we need to realize that every time an ob-servant Jew hears the name Samaritan they become irritated and the inverse isalso true. The Samaritans do not like Jews. This can be clearly illustrated us-ing two points. First, the name Samaritan itself comes from the Hebrew term,which means “keepers of the law.” This name upsets the Jews because they be-lieve they are the ones who faithfully keep the law. Second, one of the largestdifferences between the two groups is the location of holy places. The Samaritansbelieve the holy mountain Gerizim is where God is rightly worshiped while theJews of Christ’s time believe otherwise. In their minds, God must be worshiped inthe Jerusalem temple. Hearing that Jesus is on His journey to Jerusalem tells theSamaritans that Jesus is going to the temple.Understandably because of their differences, the Samaritans do not want Jesusand His disciples to stay. This upsets two of Christ’s followers: James and John.They want Jesus to wipe out the people that they disagree with. Mincing no wordsJesus tells James and John, “No!” Followers of Christ must love their enemies(Luke 6:27.). Jesus then follows His own advice that He just gave the disciples atthe start of this chapter. “When a town does not welcome you, shake off the dustand leave” (paraphrase of Luke 9:5.). This is what they do. They journey on to thenext town.Their journey takes them to a person who wants to join Jesus on His trip tothe cross. Jesus tells us that anyone is welcome on the journey to the cross. The3

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