Luke 10:20 But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven. (NLT)
Jesus Christ had seventy more disciples other than his well-known twelve. One day, Jesus Christ called and sent them to the cities where he had planned to visit. Now this summates some great lessons to the Great Commission. First, the Lord should send us and Secondly, He should send us to places where He wants and destines us to be. But on the contrary, most of us plan the places in the name of Great Commission but forgets unless and until the Master sends us we will never bear and produce fruit. Here in the passage, we read The Master not only sends them but also gave them authority over evil and sick, He instructed them to pray to the Lord of Harvest to send workers to his field and also gave other instructions such as how they should stand firm in the ministry. Luke 10 stands as a good exemplary for the servants to follow.
Now we believe these disciples followed the instructions of the Master and they came back with a report to Him. Their reason for rejoicing was “Even the evil spirits obeyed us”. Today around the world, we notice that many ministries rejoice over this. “Even the evil spirits obey us”, the worldly so called Christian ministries take pride in. If the Lord has given authority He will surely perform miracles but that should not be our sole reason to rejoice. Jesus corrected these disciples and told them plainly “Do not rejoice because evil spirits obey you”. Here the Master tries to explain do not be content over these supernatural miracles rather take delight in the new position that they are into i.e.., their names are written in heaven. In other passage we read, when the disciples could not cast out evil spirit from a boy who was attacked by an epileptic they were disheartened. When we learn to rejoice in our position in the Lord then no matter what happens around us we will not move. Why do we see a lot of frustrated believers? Why those who have experienced the gift of salvation could not overcome things that unbelievers could? The sole reason is because we have not learned to rejoice in our new creation. We do not know our position in Christ. The church of Corinth had the same issue, Paul, took pain to remind these believers that they are the “Temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in them”. I have come across many believers who are not aware of their salvation. They follow Jesus with a half knowledge and truth that Jesus just died for their sins but in reality that is just a half truth. Calvary is the place of Hope! It is the place where God makes you right. It is the place where the justice of God is fulfilled and the Love of God is awakened. Paul tells us the mystery, Christ in you, the hope of the Glory. Now we have to understand this mystery. Christ is us! This is our new position. God not only forgave our sins through the sacrifice of His Son but also planned to give His own Glory through His Son. In the above passage Jesus Christ said to his disciples “rejoice because your names are written in heaven” In other words, Initially your name was not written in heaven. But now there is a ray of hope and reason to rejoice through Jesus Christ i.e., your name is written in the Book of Life. Why to Rejoice? Rejoice because God made you his child, rejoice because God forgave your sins and justified you and rejoice because we will share the Glory of God. If we cannot rejoice in this blessed hope I’ll tell you we cannot rejoice in his sufferings and in anything that comes up in our life. Why servants of Christ like Paul called the sufferings of this life “Momentary” because they learned the formula for rejoicing in the new life with Christ. They knew the present sufferings cannot be compared with the Glory to be revealed in future. Amen!
Romans 5 speaks mainly on this subject of ‘ Rejoice’ because till chapter 3 we find total depravity of mankind. We see the wrath of God is revealed to all, all men were under the condemnation and power of sin but God send his Son at the right time and fulfilled the requirements of Law. Amen. If you ask the Prodigal Son on what will he rejoice? He will not say wealth but he will surely say his sonship. When he was away from the Father, he was completely lost and dead but after reuniting with His Father and his father embracing him he is found and alive. He rejoices in this. Romans 5:1-5Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us unto this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not fail us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us Holy Spirit to fill our heart with his love. This is the reason to rejoice that we have been justified in God’s sight and Christ brought us into the place of undeserved privilege. we must rejoice in what God has done for us and what is the result of true rejoicing? We wait confidently and joyfully looking forward to share God’s Glory. We were all once fallen from the Glory of God but now with this new relationship we wait for the Glory to be revealed in us. Now, when we learn to rejoice in our new relationship we learn to rejoice in our sufferings because now we know the trials are for a reason, it comes to help us to stay in power and in the hope of our salvation. Many grow weary in the trails because they think something strange has come up in their life. They have not come into the truth of the new position in Christ and so they cannot rejoice in it. Through this, We not only rejoice in our suffering but we learn to rejoice in God. The moment Jesus said to his disciples to rejoice because their names are written in heaven; He was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and thanked the Father for revealing the truth about him to the babes. See how Jesus rejoiced and in what he rejoiced. Rejoicing is not just smiling and shouting but it is filling in the Holy Spirit. Most of the Christians have wrong idea about Christian rejoicing because they think putting up a smile during suffering is an act of rejoicing. Hebrews 12:11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. People in the football stadium shout for joy when they see their team winning but that is for some moments. Even some churches rejoice like this but all that joy which is not from above will fade away. Jesus rejoiced! But how did he rejoice? He was filled with the Joy of Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit not only fills us in Power but also with the Joy that no world can give. When you are filled with the Joy of the Spirit we will thank God and not grumble. We will thank for what He is doing. See for what Jesus thanked for, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to it his way. Luke 10:21. What an amazing lesson we learn from our Master. He was filled with the Joy of the Holy Spirit and thanked the Father for what He is doing! Now that is true rejoicing. Rejoicing in the Lord is not an emotional outburst of something but it is purely spiritual that Holy Spirit fills in you. Paul, the bond servant of Christ had set a good example for believers because he wrote number of times to rejoice when he was in prison. Though he was in the prison he could see the work of God through him. Many prisoners, guards and people from the kings’ palace received Jesus Christ. Though he was bound by chains he was rejoicing because God was still working. Halleluiah!!!
Let us always thank the Almighty Father, For he has enabled us to share the inheritance that belongs to his people, who dwell in light and for He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his dear Son, Who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
God bless you.
Brother in Christ, Blessen Daniel