It wasn't the ministry of performing miracles, vanquishing demons, or using their power and authority that the 70 were to rejoice in but to "rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
The presentation of the gospel through healing and miracles didn't make a difference to the towns that they were performed in, they actually were more culpable because they seen and heard the tangible Kingdom of God and they didn't heed it.
Why did Jesus send them out? It isn't recorded that the 70/72 ever went out again, but considering what was soon to happen it must have been a "faith booster" preparation for Jesus betrayal,death and resurrection. The mission got the word out faster so more people could hear about the good news of the Kingdom. Having said that, how many people were at the foot of the cross? Where were the people who received healing, deliverance and forgiveness?
When we see God@work in us and our community, what is our response? It seems that we get tied up with asking for more...more power, more authority over things. When does "more" become sufficient for us?
The key to our response in whatever type of ministry YHWH calls us to, is to be one of gratitude, understanding the sufficiency of the presence of the Kingdom of God and that His righteousness has come near us. Contentment with Godliness is great gain.
As people who have received various forms of healing, deliverance and forgiveness may we pass it on to someone today. Amen.
Lent I: Love for the Wilderness to Come - Sermon: Lent I Love for the Wilderness to Come Mark 1.9-15 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And ju...
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