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The Message of Love

John Collins03/09/2012In Luke 10, Jesus appointed seventy people to spread throughout the land, spreading the message of Love.  

Two by two, they went to every city.  He said to them, "The harvest is great, but the laborers are few." He instructed them to pray that the Lord of the harvest would send more laborers for the harvest.

He warned them, He was sending them as "lambs among wolves."  They should carry no money, written instructions, or shoes, and to move with haste along the way, stopping for no one.

In every house that they enter, they should first say to the owners, "Peace be to this house."  He said that if they find peace there, they should rest in the peace.  If not, don't worry, it will return to them again.

In the same house, with or without peace, they should remain to eat and drink the things that are given, for "the laborer is worthy of his hire."  He commanded them not to go from house to house, they should remain in the same house that accepted them.

Into each city that they enter, if they were received, Jesus said to eat the things that were set before them.  They should heal the sick and say to them, "The kingdom of God is near."  [ref. Malachi 4: 2-3]

If they were not received in a city, they should immediately leave and wipe the dust off of themselves, giving warning to the city that the kingdom of God is near.  Jesus told them that it would be more tolerable in the day of Sodom than for that city. 

He spoke against Chorazin and Bethsaida, saying that wished that Tyre and Sidon had been blessed to have the mighty works done in them as Corazin and Bethsaida had, because Tyre and Sidon would have repented in sackcloth and ashes.  He also warned that Capernaum, which was held as exalted as to heaven would be thrust down to hell.  [Capernaum now stands as ruins].

Jesus said that whoever heard the words of those He sent also heard Jesus.  Those that despised them had despised Jesus.  Those that despised Jesus had despised the Father who sent Jesus.

The seventy went out and returned with great joy.  They said to Jesus, "Even the devils are subject to us through your name!"

Jesus said that He beheld Satan as lightening that fell from heaven.  Jesus gave them the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all of the powers of their enemies, and nothing would by any means hurt them.

He warned them, however, not to rejoice in the fact that the spirits were subject to them.  They should instead rejoice because their names were written in heaven.  Jesus rejoiced with them, thanking God the Father, Lord of heaven and earth that He had hid the powers given to His messengers from the eyes of the wise and cautious, and revealed them to these messengers who were "babies" in the faith.  He thanked God the Father because it was good in the Father's sight.

Jesus said that all things were delivered to Him by His Father, and no man would know who Jesus was at that time but the Father.  No man knows who the Father is except Jesus and whomever Jesus would reveal the Father to.

He turned to the disciples and said to them privately that the things they were now seeing was blessed in their eyes.  He said that many prophets and kings have desired to see the things that they now watched, and have not seen them.  They longed to hear the things that they now heard, but have not heard them.

At that time, a certain lawyer stood up to tempt Jesus, saying "Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"  Jesus asked him, "What is written in the law?  How do you read it?"

The lawyer answerd, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself."

Jesus answered him, saying that he had responded exactly right.  If he did this, he would be saved.  

The man tried to justify the way he lived by asking Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"

Jesus answered him with an example.  He said that a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves which stole his clothes, wounded him, and left him for dead.  Then, a priest came that way.  When he saw the man laying for dead, he passed on the other side of the street.  Next, a Levite went to the same place, looked at him, and passed on the other side of the street.

But a certain Samaritan (which the lawyer would not have considered as his neighbor) saw him, came to him, and had compassion on him.  The Samaritan bound his wounds, poured oil and wine to help the healing, set him on his animal, and took him to a motel to take care of him.  

The next day, when the Samaritan departed, he took out some money to give to the host, and asked the host to take care of the poor, wounded man.  If there was not enough money, he promised that he would return again to repay the extra.

Jesus asked the lawyer, "What do you think of these three?  Which was the neighbor to this man that fell among the thieves?

The lawyer responded, "The one that showed mercy on him."

Jesus instructed him to go and do as this example.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Are the teachings we are spreading causing others to grow and multiply in love?  Are we witnessing only to others who already believe as we do, or are we witnessing as "lambs among wolves?"  Do we continue to fellowship with those who do not believe as we do, even though they accept us?  Do we pray for the sick of the unbeliever as well as the believer?  Is our message of salvation to "love God and our neighbors with all of our hearts?"  Do we consider those who do not believe as our neighbors, even though they receive us?  Are we spreading the message of Love?

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