“He Rejoiced in the Holy Spirit”

11 Apr

Whenever I read a book, I always try to imagine the voice of the author speaking to me and narrating the story in my head. I was never a big fan of reading, but this technique really keeps me interested in whatever I’m reading.

One of the coolest passages in the Bible is in the first half of Luke 10. Jesus sends out seventy-two people, in groups of two, to towns and villages to proclaim the gospel and drive out demons. When they all come back, they tell Jesus of the many miracles that happened.

While you read this, try to imagine Jesus’ voice in your mind.

Luke 10:17-20

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

As marvelous as this passage seems, the best part is yet to come. In the following few verses, Jesus rejoices in the Holy Spirit. I don’t think Jesus rejoices in the Spirit anywhere else in the four gospels, which is why this passage is so unique and incredible.

Luke 10:21-24

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

I find this passage so cool because I try to imagine what Jesus sounded like and what he did in that hour or rejoicing. Could you imagine hearing and seeing Jesus rejoice in the Holy Spirit? What a sight that must’ve been! He must’ve danced and sung praises in His rejoicing.

We need to be reminded of the joy we find in God. We’re so busy with our work and our jam-packed lives that we forget what it means to live with God’s joy in our hearts. Once in a while, we need to take time to sing and dance and rejoice in the Spirit because, just as Jesus said in verse 20, our names are written in heaven, and the ink that was used to write our names will never wash off.


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