Eyewitness: pp. 137-138
Eyewitness stories: Luke 10: 1-24
The Message: Luke 10: 23,24
Jesus selected disciples to go to every town he planned to visit. The first are recorded in the Gospels of Matthew 10; Mark 6; and Luke 9. In these three Gospel chapters he sent his closest 12 disciples. Then it’s recorded in Luke 10, that Jesus sent an additional 72 disciples out too. They told people in these towns the good news, that the kingdom of God is near. Yes, the agenda for rejoicing
Just as he had done before, Jesus gave all of them direction and authority to meet needs, heal the sick, and more. The direction (do what I [Jesus] tell you to do) and authority (Power in his Name) are key.
When the disciples returned on each occasion, they rejoiced over their miraculous power over the evil one. Jesus corrected them. He pointed to the value of their task – their power to bring people into the Kingdom of God.
“The great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you — that’s the agenda for rejoicing” (Luke 10:19,20 The Message).
Bringing people into the Kingdom is the believers’ continual task. Jesus emphasizes that the messenger of the Gospel is also blessed . . .”Rejoice because citizenship in heaven has been recorded” (Luke 10:20b Eyewitness Stories).
Jesus then turned to his disciples privately. “Fortunate the eyes that see what you’re seeing! There are plenty of prophets and kings who would have given their right arm to see what you are seeing but never got so much as a glimpse, to hear what you are hearing but never got so much as a whisper” (Luke 10:23,24 The Message).
In a wonderful manner, many more people had the opportunity to know the agenda for rejoicing.
Prayer: Father, what a wonder you are! You use all willing believers’ of any age to bring your message to those who do not know You.
Questions: What differences do you see in these accounts of sending disciples out and their return with joy differ? How do you think the ministry of the 86 disciples impacted the Kingdom of God Imagine yourself as one of these 72 disciples.