Thanks to Mark for all of the readings. We’ve had a great week, the readings have been a blessing to me and I’m sure to others.
Mark was not really sure whether to include the video from the Lego Movie as he didn’t want to detract from the passage. I think it’s a fun and very catchy song (annoyingly so!) and adds to Marks thoughts but I must warn you; you can only stand it for so long, unless you are under ten. The passage (the thing that really matters) can be read here.
Everything Is Awesome, Everything Is Cool When You’re Part of A Team……
It was a song from The Lego Movie that first came into my mind when reading these verses. It’s called ‘Everything is Awesome’ and it is a really catchy song that seems to sum up the section we have today. Have a listen to it on YouTube and I think it will stay with you for a while!
This is a happy section of Jesus life on earth. A rare moment when both men and the Lord are recorded as being in tune with each other and rejoicing with each other.
The Lord sent 72 people out in teams of two to spread word of his coming. The teams did encounter opposition, as deduced from the mention of demons, but they did overcome. They returned effectively singing “everything is awesome”
This portion is a blow for Satan. The 72 messengers said that “Lord even the demons submit to us in your name” (v17). Words such as ‘demons submitting’ and ‘Satan falling’ are proof that he is a beaten individual, a creature whose power has been broken. We are fighting a real enemy but one who has already been defeated and whose days are numbered.
It’s interesting to note that even when things were going well Jesus still prayed and thanked his father (v21) I think most would agree that our prayer life is at its best when things go wrong! Let’s remember v21 of this reading the next time things are going well and to keep in mind to thank God for the good times too!
The Lord says (v21) that the Father has hidden from the wise and learned the things that concern the Father but he has revealed them to little children. It was the 72 ‘childlike’ messengers who went out in faith that were rewarded with their eyes being opened to a deeper knowledge of God. It was the humble and inexperienced that experienced the power and authority of God. This section again reinforces the message Jesus gave earlier in chapter 9:48 when showing his disciples the small child, ‘for he who is least among you all – he is the greatest’.
The Lord had given his message to 72 people where their academic record isn’t given. This isn’t what was important to the Lord – their academic standard did not matter. There is no mention of class or lineage either; the Lord only wanted loyal, obedient servants who would faithfully do his work. It was to those people who had the faith and commitment that saw firsthand what the Lord was able to do.
The communion service we share regularly is an example of Christians experiencing and appreciating Jesus in worship. It’s a time when they remember what Jesus’ journey was all about – Calvary.
The Lord turned to his disciples (v23) and says “blessed are the eyes that see what you see” He was saying that they were massively privileged to be seeing him and his works. Old Testament kings and prophets would have loved to been witnesses of what the disciples were experiencing at firsthand.
Today in communion, a privileged people will sit and give thanks that they have experienced Jesus, albeit in a different way. They haven’t physically seen him or witnessed his works but they have benefited from the journey he took that day. They are grateful for this account in the book of Luke, grateful for the commitment Jesus showed in taking that journey to Jerusalem. Most importantly they are grateful for the love he showed and the work he finished when he died for them outside Jerusalem on a cross.
Jesus said in v21 that it was for the Fathers good pleasure that he is revealed to believers.
Let us enjoy the fact that Jesus has been revealed to us. As Christians we are in a position today that is as privileged, if not more than any prophet, king or disciple.
Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:28)
Everything is awesome……