|Luke 10:1-24||Read Online|
Then turning to His disciples He said privately, “The eyes that see the things you see are blessed!”
I’ve never been to Israel. Hearing stories from friends who have gone and how that experience was so impactful to them makes me long even more to go! I want to see what they saw.
This whole passage for today's reading is amazing. We begin chapter 10 with the sending out of the 72 in pairs to proclaim “the kingdom of heaven is near.” The gospel almost seems fragile when Jesus says, “Now go, I'm sending you out as lambs among wolves.” Jesus even tells them what to do if people reject them and the message of the approaching kingdom.
In all honesty, it might seem a poor decision to entrust these men, people like you and me, with the message of the coming of the kingdom of heaven. Maybe God could’ve written it on the sky in lightning to strike fear and awe into people. But God in Christ was telling the good news in the context of relationship, from one person to another, just as Jesus told them.
They returned from their first missionary journey with excitement and told Jesus how even the demons obeyed them in His name. He told them to not get too excited about all that, but to be thankful in their own salvation.
The gospel isn’t a show or a demonstration of power as much as it is a restoration of relationship between God and people on a personal and intimate basis. Perhaps a personal message like the gospel is best shared on a personal level, one-on-one in love and genuine compassion.
Then Jesus seemed to get excited as well, and He "rejoiced in the Holy Spirit," thanking God that this powerful gospel is hidden from those who see themselves as wise and learned.
It’s revealed to "infants." Children honestly want to know what their parents think on a subject. They ask them plainly about things because they want to know, and they trust their parents to tell them the truth. That is the kind of attitude Jesus sees here in these excited disciples, and it fills Him with joy!
He then speaks to the disciples privately and says, "The eyes that see what you see are blessed! For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see the things you see yet didn't see them; to hear the things you hear, yet didn't hear them."
Does that strike you to the heart and fill you with joy, thankfulness and gratitude? The gospel is still bearing fruit that lasts today all over the world, bringing lost sinners like you and me to reconciliation with our Holy God in a personal and intimate salvation.
I think of the painful words of Job in the Old Testament who, though He trusted God, still cried out earnestly in great pain and affliction to hear from God, saying, "There is no one to judge between us, to lay his hand on both of us" (Job 9:33).
He was looking for a mediator to reach between himself and God on his behalf to help him understand the situation he was living through. He wanted someone to lay his hand on them both, bringing the two together and bridging any distance between them.
In 1 Timothy 2:4,5 Paul tells Timothy to pray for "all people" because God desires all people "to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth." And then he says this: "For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, Himself human."
The mediator that Job earnestly cried out for is Christ Jesus, your Savior and mine. The bridge, the one who lays His hand on your shoulder in any and every situation and lays His other hand on God the Father on your behalf is Christ Jesus. He brings you to God so there is nothing separating you from Him now.
Take time to think about how great a salvation we have in Jesus and thank Him for being that mediator, dying for your sins to redeem you from sin's dominion and bringing you to back to God as the "mediator of a new covenant" (Hebrews 9:15).
It is also a good reminder that just as there were those long ago who longed to see and hear what the disciples did then and what you and I experience now as Christians redeemed and made whole, there are many, many in the world today longing to know that same salvation.
Who can you share your hope in Christ with? He’s their mediator too. Tell them.
- Do we remember Christ's redeeming work in daily life, or does the truth of it get lost in the shuffle of our busy lives?
- Christ and the seventy-two were filled with joy at the testimonies of the power of God's Spirit at work in the message of the gospel and in the lives of people who heard and believed. Do we rejoice in even the smallest testimony of how God is at work in someone's life?
- Pray that God would give you open eyes to see who might be longing to hear and see what you have heard and seen in Christ Jesus. And then go tell them about Him! The Kingdom of Heaven has come in Christ Jesus!