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. 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
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 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 has 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
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"-evidently giving 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, that, like the angels, (1 Peter
1:12) we may "look into it" for a moment ."
Let us look on it with reverential wonder, and as we perceive what it was that produced
that mysterious ecstasy, we shall 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" by Jesus. "Exulted" means to show or feel triumphant elation. The 35 two-team "rookies" had obeyed His Word and
the demons had obeyed their word. 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 70 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. We have been blood bought and redeemed and that is why we can walk in faith.
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 revealed
thru education and accomplishment . It is really not discovered, it is "revealed". It is not hidden, it just cannot be seen
thru carnal eyes.
Thank you for your gracious support and for your prayers. I am very, very thankful!
Can I encourage you to bring someone to our Special Night of Ministry in Bedford. People
really do get healed and delivered!
Just for Jesus,
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