In that hour Jesus
rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise
and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man
knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
And he turned him unto his disciples, and said
privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:" Luke 10:21-23
Look at the excitement in the above verses.
The seventy returned with joy And Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit This was like a team meeting after a great victory where the
coach was praising his team for a good job. You might want to read this twice to get the full impact.
When you read Luke chapter 10 you see
that Jesus sent seventy men to go in His Name. Thirty-five two man teams He appointed to go before Him into every city and
place that He would come. The parallel account in Matthew 10:1 says, He gave them power against unclean spirits to cast them
out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. He gave authority to His twelve disciples and then to seventy
rookies," babes if you will, to cast out demons and to heal all kinds of sickness
Notice that when the thirty-five teams
returned from their appointments that they returned with JOY saying Lord, even the devils are subject unto us thru Your Name.
The Bible indicates they were exuberant. It was unrestrained joy. It was "all over their faces." I wonder how they expressed
I vividly recall how I expressed it the
first time I experienced it in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. I could take you right to the spot on the top step of the Kingston
Ontario Federal Prison for Women. I had just ministered in my first deliverance. I commanded demons in the Name of Jesus and
they obeyed. A tormented woman was set free.
I walked out of that prison and paused
on the top step at the prison entrance and thrust the Bible in my right hand high above my head and said, Yes, in the Name
of Jesus, yes I left with joy I’m pretty sure I know what these men felt when they returned to Jesus.
I know the joy of participating with the
Holy Spirit and exercising the Name of Jesus Christ against demons, sickness and disease. But I wonder what Jesus was feeling
when the scripture says Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit . . . at their report?
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit
. . . Jesus is genuinely excited here, also. Literally, the ancient Greek says He was thrilled with joy. God delights in using
the weak and foolish things of this world to confound the wise. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29.
The ancient Greek word for rejoiced is
referring to exceptional rejoicing and exultation. Do you think it might have been equivalent to an athletes fist pump when
experiencing victory? I think it was something like that . . . Jesus’ joy makes Him break out into prayer. He praises
God the Father for His wisdom, for His plan, and for His own unique relationship with God the Father . . . I thank You, Father
. . . How many times I have said, Thank You . . . thank You, thank You because of the joy of seeing people delivered
"Rejoice" is really too weak of a word.
It is "exulted in spirit." Exulted, means to show triumphant joy. Jesus gave visible expression to His unusual emotions; while,
at the same time, the words in spirit are meant to convey to the reader the depth of them. This is one of those rare cases
in which the veil is lifted from off the Redeemer's inner man. We, like the angels, may look into it
for a moment . (1 Peter 1:12)
As we look on this with reverential wonder,
and as we perceive what it was that produced this ecstasy, we will also find rising in our hearts a measure of exultation
in our spirit . . . and exaltation.
I think I see an unbridled smile and an
expression of victory that could be seen as a fist pump or "high five" by Jesus. Exulted remember is to show or feel triumphant
elation. The thirty-five two-team rookies had obeyed His Word and the demons had obeyed their commands. Jesus is not just
pleased, He is exulted He feels the triumphance and He shows it.
I like the picture I see here. Jesus exulted
and the Father exalted. It is my desire to bring exultation to Jesus and exaltation to the Father. One produces the other.
This whole process, Jesus said, seemed good to the Father. If it makes Jesus rejoice and seems good to the Father why are
we not doing it in the church today?
Jesus made sure that the seventy men did
not rejoice in the wrong thing . . . He basically said, you have power over demons because I gave it to you, don’t lose
sight of why you have such authority. We are in Christ and Christ is in us. and healed by the authority of His Name. It’s
the response that must come.
You see I am ever aware that the things
I see and experience in this ministry have simply been revealed to me . . . that I qualify as, not wise and prudent, but as
a babe in His sight. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I believe today, that Jesus rejoices when
we act in His Name and believe His Word. Maybe He gives a fist pump or a high five to the angels when Christians act upon
faith in His Word. The angels do give high fives when people accept Christ, there is joy in heaven whenever one sinner repents.
Rejoice is too weak a word. It is exulted
in spirit. Exulted, means to show triumphant joy. Jesus gave visible expression to His unusual emotions; while, at the same
time, the words in spirit are meant to convey to the reader the depth of them. This is one of those rare cases in which the
veil is lifted from off the Redeemer's inner man. Again, we, like the angels, may look into it for a moment . Rejoicing in
our victories, leads to Thank You Father as it did with Jesus in verse 21. Jesus said, All things are delivered to me of my
Father . . . and he to whom the Son will reveal them. God the Father gave it to Jesus and Jesus gave it to us . . . to me,
a babe in Christ.
Does it confound the wise? You be the
judge. Authority as a believer is not received nor understood thru education and accomplishment. Really, it is not even discovered,
it is revealed." It is not hidden, it just cannot be seen thru carnal eyes.
Thank you for all of your prayers and
Just for Jesus,