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Hidden From The Wise and the Prudent

John Collins12/15/2012Luke 10 tells us that there is power in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jesus appointed seventy-two brothers and sisters to spread the Good News that the Father had sent his Son.  Two-by-two, they were instructed to go into every town that Jesus Himself was about to go, and announce his coming.

He told them that the harvest was plentiful, but the workers were few.  As they went, they prayed that the Lord of the harvest would send out laborers into His harvest.

Just as Malachi prophesied in Malachi 4, Jesus described the great and terrible day that was at hand.  He told the seventy-two that the kingdom of God was at hand, and they were the ones to eagerly go forth.  Like the "calves of the stall" Malachi prophesied about, these seventy-two were going forth to tread down the wicked.  Jesus told them if they were not received, they were to shake the dust from their feet and condemn the entire city.  He told them that it would be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.

When the seventy-two returned, they were very excited.  They said, "Even the demons are subject to us in Your Name!"

Jesus told them that when they went forth, He saw Satan fall from heaven like lightening, cast down to the earth.  Isaiah also prophesied of this day, when he said, "How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, who did weaken the nations!"

Though there was power in the Gospel, Jesus did not want them to fall worship to the power they had access to.  He told them, "Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

Immediately afterwards, Jesus thanked the Father for hiding these things from the wise and understanding, and revealing them to the children that would learn.  All power in heaven had been handed over to Christ by the Father.

He told the seventy-two that many prophets and kings had desired to see the mighty things that they had just witnessed.  They had just fulfilled the scriptures of old.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we realize that there is power in the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Do we try to spread some other gospel, thinking there is power in the doctrines of man?  Do we believe some prophet who thinks he alone has power over the demons, when Christ gave us the same power through His Holy Spirit?  Do we believe some prophet who twists Malachi 4 to predict a different age, making this great event in the Gospel of Jesus Christ of none effect?