4/10/16: Jesus Rejoiced
We don’t generally think of Jesus as rejoicing. We picture Him teaching the people, healing the sick, chastising the religious leaders, comforting the downtrodden, and explaining things to His disciples. Our mind’s eye also sees Him trudging down the Via Delarosa, hanging on the Cross, suffering the agony of Calvary, and dying for our sins. We then remember His resurrection, ascension, and continuing work as our advocate before the Father. Even in all of this, we may end up rejoicing, but we would still probably use adjectives other than “rejoicing” to describe Jesus in any of these situations.
That’s why a little phrase in Luke 10:21 jumped out at me. That verse starts by saying, “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit…” (NKJ). How cool is that? What made Jesus rejoice? Well, Jesus had sent seventy of His followers out into cities where He was about to go. They were to heal the sick and carry the message that the kingdom of God had come near to them. Those seventy had returned with joy and reported to their amazement, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name” Luke 10:17 (NKJ).
Jesus’ response to that was, “That’s no big deal. Satan is an easy fix. I was there when he got thrown out of heaven and I’ve given you the authority to take out the power of the enemy. He’s the least of your worries; nothing he can throw your way can hurt you. Even so, don’t be so excited about that. Be excited because Satan’s out of heaven and you’re in” (Paraphrased from Luke 10:18-20).
We’re then told that Jesus rejoiced while talking to His Father about this. Jesus smiled as He thought about how His followers “got it.” His disciples understood that God was in control. Healing the sick and casting out demons was no big deal or hard task because these phenomena pointed glory to God. Submission to the Father was all they needed to overcome any problem they would ever face. That was the whole point of Jesus coming to earth in the first place; to turn our eyes upon God.
Do we “get it?” Can Jesus smile over us because we understand that God is in control and can be trusted with all of our issues? Whatever we’re dealing with that’s troubling us, let’s fully turn it over to God and make Jesus rejoice.
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