As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven,1 Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.2
And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan3 village to get things ready for him;
but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John4 saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them ?"5
But Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they went to another village.
As they were walking along the road,6 a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."
Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man7 has no place to lay his head."
He said to another man, "Follow me."8 But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."9
Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family."10
Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."