THE LOCAL CHURCH AND GLOBAL MISSIONS-PART SIX. The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20)
The story of the Lord Jesus Christ and the seventy-two disciples that the Lord Jesus Christ sent out during the gospel era is a great missiological concept of interest. They were first of all disciples of the Master Jesus Christ, and then missionaries who were sent out to preach were Christ was not yet preached. They were equipped and sent on mission, and they in return brought reports back to the Master who then gave them further instructions.
Three of the fundamental principles that missionaries and missionaries’ senders could learn from the passage are: 1.The message of a missionary 2. The authority of a missionary 3. The joy of a missionary.
- The message of a missionary:
The seventy – two disciples that were sent out said in their report “Lord even the demons submit to us in your name”. The demons did not submit to them because of their eloquence, their stature or their strategy, but the demons submitted to them because their message was cantered on Jesus Christ. The central message of every gospel preacher and particularly missionaries preaching among the unreached people is the Lordship of Jesus. Jesus Christ must be proclaimed as the Lord of the nations. He must be made known as the only Lord and not one of the Lords, as the only way and not one of the ways. Establishing the Lordship of Jesus Christ must be the main purpose of the gospel that we preach. This is what gives power to the gospel and brings deliverance to the nations. The Lord Jesus Christ is the message. The gospel message must promote the Lordship of Jesus Christ and bring people to his kingdom.
- The authority of a missionary:
Was it not wonderful that these seventy – two disciples were sent to go and do the uncommon assignment? They were sent to go and preach Christ to people who only approved Moses and not Christ, and to preach grace to a generation that believe and have lived only by the law. They were sent to preach the gospel of Christ and not the practice of Judaism. If the devil could try Jesus Christ, then the Lord knew that certainly he will not spared his disciples, if the Pharisees and Teachers of the law could cast stones on Jesus Christ, he knew they will want to do the same to his disciple. The Lord knew what was waiting for the disciples that he sent out, so it was normal for him to prepare them against every odd. He said to them “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you”. The Lord Jesus Christ gave them authority to overcome opposing powers from every side. He gave them authority over the visible and invisible enemies.
- The joy of a missionary: However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” The joy of every missionary is to see unsaved souls receive salvation from sin through the Lord Jesus Christ, the sick receive healing and those under the influence of Satan delivered. The seventy – two disciples that were sent out saw these in their ministry and they were filled with great joy. The Master was not against the fact that they rejoice in the fruit of their work but he cautioned them of the most important thing they should rejoice about: that their names are written in heaven. This is the greatest joy of every believer; this is the greatest joy of a missionary: that his name is written in heaven. It is a caution not just to these disciples but to every believer, that whatever degree of exploit that God has used us to do in the work of the kingdom, we must not allow activity to replace our intimacy with God neither our achievement in ministry to replace our Christian virtue. A Missionary must not disconnect from God and must continue to preach Christ in every situation.
God bless you,
Matthew Olorunnaiye is a Cross –Cultural Missionary, he and his wife Titilayo both serve with Calvary Ministries(CAPRO).
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