The Joy Of The Lord

When the 70 witnesses returned from their work, they were filled with great joy (120).  “Master,” they said to Jesus, “Even the evil spirits obeyed the commands we gave them in your name!”

Jesus replied, “I know; I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.


“I have given you authority to overcome all the power of Satan.  You could even walk unharmed through a nest of snakes or scorpions.

“But don’t be joyful because the evil spirits obey you.  Instead, be joyful that you will live forever with God in heaven!”


Then Jesus was filled with joy by the Holy Spirit and prayed, “Father, God of heaven and earth, thank you for showing to humble people these things you have hidden from proud people. This is just as you have always planned.

“And thank you, Father, for showing  all things to me.  No one here really knows me except you, and no one here really knows you except me.  But now, amazingly, these people — who receive what I show them about you — are also getting to know you!”

Then Jesus turned to the witnesses and said to them privately, “To see these things about God is an awesome blessing for you!

“Many prophets & kings wanted to see what you see, and to hear what you hear, but they could not.”


(120) Luke 10:17-24