The 72 Return

Luke 10:17-24

When the 72 return from their mission, they are filled with joy and are quite moved by the fact that even demons were subject to them in Jesus’ name. Jesus acknowledges that they are safe from the forces of the Evil One, but tells them that they should be rejoicing not at their authority, but that that their names are written in heaven (10:17-20).

I don’t know about you, but that seems like very sound advice for any of us in leadership positions today.

Then Jesus gives some rare insight:

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 is what you were pleased to do.

“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.”

Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.  For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (10:21-24)


This is one of those times when I see that anything I might try to add to these words would detract from them, not help to understand them. May each of us treasure these words in our hearts.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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7 Responses to The 72 Return

  1. Pingback: A Very Profound Passage | The Accidental Poet

  2. dwmartens says:

    A few years ago I realized that the best reason (and probably the only truly valid reason, now that I reconsider it) to want to “go to heaven” is that God wants me there! Jesus’ joy in looking toward the cross was that we would thereby be able to be to God exactly what he intended all along. Other references like Hebrews 12:2, John 15:11 and 1 John 1:3-4 also come to mind as I think on this.

  3. Ufuomaee says:

    One of my favourite portions of Scripture 🙂

  4. He also rejoiced because while they were gone teaching, Jesus was watching Satan fall from heaven. Satan didn’t fall just once. He often appeared before the throne of God (see Job). I do not call Satan “the fallen angel” because that would make God the creator of evil, and Jesus said Satan was the liar from the beginning. Them’s my thoughts for the day….

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