What Pleases God?
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 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 was your good pleasure. 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.” (vv. 17, 21-22)
He looked up at me, his eyes wide open in excited wonder, and asked, “Did you see that, dad? Did you?” We were walking along the river, and not 10 feet away from us a fish had come up out of the water, to catch a bug. My son was filled with wonder and amazement at the sight. For the next few minutes, we stood there, watching, waiting, hoping another fish would leap from the water. None took the leap, but the one who did was enough to talk about for the next few minutes. Later, it was the chief topic of conversation at the dinner table.
The 72 returned from their evangelistic mission full of wonder and amazement. The air was filled with their excited voices. They shared their experiences. One told of a woman who one moment was deathly sick, then fully recovered. A second told of a man from whom a demonic spirit had been cast. A third told of a lame boy whose legs were healed, the last they had seen him, he was running off to play with the other children in the village.
Jesus was ecstatic. He thanked his Father. Sharing in the joy filled reports of those he had sent out into the world. His prayer for us, “Keep the wonder! Keep the excitement! Expect great things from God, he wants to work in and through us!”Tags: Bob, Church Blog, Pastor Bob, Pastors Blog