51 As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival. 53 But the people of the village did not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to Jerusalem. 54 When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up* ?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them.* 56 So they went on to another village.
57 As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”
60 But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead!* Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.”
9:54 Some manuscripts add as Elijah did.
9:60 Greek Let the dead bury their own dead.