Hi there! Today the pastor preached the Gospel! He preached on Luke 10:17-24:
“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 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. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes
that see what you see.24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.””
The Pastor got the Gospel by saying that it wasn’t being able to cast out demons that made Jesus rejoice. What made Him rejoice was saving us! He said that Jesus was happy to have saved us and given His life for us on the cross.
Jesus isn’t the only one rejoicing; we should be rejoicing as well! We rejoice because we are saved; we rejoice because we have eternal life because of Jesus. Even though we may be compelled to rejoice because of the work that God is doing in the church (which is a matter worth being glad about), it shouldn’t be the prime thing we rejoice about. The one thing that we should be very happy about is that we have been written in God’s book of life!
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland