On Mission, part 8
Luke 10: 17 – 21 “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”
Can you imagine the reunion of the short-term missionaries? Everyone was filled with stories of what they had seen and what they had done. Great joy. Laughter. Exuberance and noise filled base camp.
Jesus joins in that joy. He is laughing and rejoicing, beaming at his disciples.
No one fully knows whether Jesus had a vision whilst the disciples were out on mission of Satan falling like lightning, his empire collapsing under the work of his team or whether Jesus was referring to the fall of Satan from heaven. But whatever it was, I read it imagining Jesus smiling!
I am not sure how many times you have imagined Jesus being happy with you, but I think that may be way more times than we actually appreciate and acknowledge.
Snakes and scorpions were well known in that desert-parched land. They were hazards on everyone’s journey. But since the beginning of Bible history are seen as symbols of demonic power. Jesus reaffirms the authority and power he has given them and creates the imagery of his disciples trampling on every snake and scorpion they can find, like some children’s activity, little ones dancing on the head of the enemy. Wonderful!
Jesus is so happy. As he stares at his disciples mingling with one another, giving one another high five’s and sharing stories, he is thankful. He is praising his Father that these are just ordinary people, children, they are not special in the world’s eyes and they represent the generations of unknown people to come who have done great things in his name, people like you and me.
So what is the lesson?
LEARN TO CELEBRATE MORE. Rejoice in what has happened. Be happy with what you do for Jesus in this life. Laugh loud. Testify the good that you do.
LEARN TO CELEBRATE YOUR SALVATION. You are not only known on earth. You are known in heaven. Let the joy of your salvation overwhelm you. The power of His relationship with you is more powerful than the power He has given you over Satan.
LEARN TO CELEBRATE AS CHILDREN DO. Dance more. All that you have achieved has come about because you received as a child would do. You didn’t approach it with all the intelligence you could muster, you said, ‘pick me, choose me, I want to be on your team’.