When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did 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 tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.
Human nature wants to retaliate. Jesus demonstrated a different nature. He walked away. Were they being threatened? No Was anyone being harmed in any way? No. Was their pride receiving offense? Yes. Jesus did not take offense. He walked away.
How do we react to attacks? Do we also want to call down fire from heaven? Jesus walked away; went to another village. When confronted, can we also just walk away? Jesus rebuked James and John for their reaction to the rejection from the village. Reacting in this manner is the human nature rising again. Who is in control? When we react in this manner with like actions are we not giving control to the offender? Walk away; they have made their choice. It is not a reflection on us.