Summary: How current is your testimony? What has God done for you THIS WEEK?
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
What was the most exciting thing that happened in your life this week?
Did you have any “victories” this week?
Sometimes our testimonies are so outdated one might wonder if God is still real to us! If God is real to us today, then we ought to have lots of reasons to celebrate every week.
Jesus is sending His disciples on ahead to where He Himself planned to go.
Luke 10:1-11, 16
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.
2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 "When you enter a house, first say, ’Peace to this house.’
6 If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.
7 Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8 "When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you.
9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ’The kingdom of God is near you.’
10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say,
11 ’Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.’
16 "He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me."
One thing is sure:
Whether or not men responded,
the reign of God would be present!
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
Don’t you just love it when your team wins! Even in church,
we celebrate those victories when God “breaks through”!
The seventy were astonished at the miraculous power they were enabled to exercise. They were joyous at their accomplishments. People love that kind of sensationalism!
Even Jesus recognized the victory!
18 He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
What is Jesus talking about here? Some pre-historic event? Some ancient scene? I don’t think so. The context here is the seventy reporting back to Jesus that “even the demons submit to us in Your Name!” (vs. 17) So Jesus relies, “Yes, I was watching as the Enemy was falling like lightning flashes and as gone. That happened because I gave you that authority! (vs. 19)
19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
It is not about what we can do!
It is always about what God is doing!
Victory over Satan means that the reign of God is
Satan’s power is broken! He has fallen!
…However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
(Luke 10:20 NIV)
Here is the proper emphasis, the proper ground for rejoicing. Power and its manifestation is more glamorous, but eternal life is more essential. In reality, Satan fell the day Jesus wrote your name in Heaven! The day you got saved, Satan fell out of the throne of your life and Jesus moved in!
Citizenship in Heaven is more important than the ability to produce dread in hell or on earth.
The angels think so!
7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Manifestations of God’s power are minor flashes of lightning when compared to what Jesus did for you…
…when He saved your soul,
…cleansed you with His own blood,
making you just as if you had never sinned,
…recreated you as a new creature in Christ Jesus,
and wrote your name in blood in the Book of Life!
SATAN’S GOAL IS TO SEND YOU INTO HELL WITH HIM. HE REALIZES HE IS ETERNALLY DOOMED TO HELL, BUT AS AN ACT AGAINST GOD HE WANTS YOU TO GO ALSO. BUT WHEN YOU WERE BORN AGAIN, AT THAT VERY MOMENT IN TIME, YOUR NAME WAS WRITTEN IN HEAVEN, RECORDED IN THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE. THINK ABOUT HOW ANGRY THAT MADE THE DEVIL.