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Surprised by His Joy
August 1, 2021

Surprised by His Joy

August 1, 2021

Luke 10:1-24

  • Luke 10:1 Jesus sends the 70 (some manuscripts say 72) ahead of him to prepare the way for his coming ministry.
  • Luke 10:18: Jesus says he saw Satan fall like lightening. That could refer to the fall of Satan, or that while the 70 were out ministering, Jesus saw the spirit realm and Satan took a beating.
  • Luke 10:21 says that Jesus rejoiced “in the Holy Spirit” or the NIV that at that time Jesus was “full of joy through the Holy Spirit.” The Greek suggests shouting or leaping with joy. That is, the Spirit produced in him overwhelming joy. Notice his prayer, “I thank you father…” so at that moment the full Trinity is represented. The Son is praying, the Spirit producing joy, and the Father is being praised by the Son and the Spirit.

I. Jesus life was

  • Joy is an eternal quality of God. (Psalm 43:4)
  • His birth was marked by joy.
  • His preaching was filled with joy and humor. He told religious leaders they “strain out a gnat and swallow a camel” He said they were the “blind leading the blind.” In fact, his greatest complaint about the religious establishment of his day was that they took the joyful word of God, the Torah, and made people miserable with it. Jesus did not abolish the Law, but he did restore it without legalism.
  • Even some of the miracles suggest humor. (Demons into pigs) (Peter paying the temple tax with a coin from a fishes mouth.)
  • Joyful moments: Parents bringing children to Jesus. I think Jesus would have taken great joy in seeing the disciples baptize. (see John 4:2)
  • Jesus went to the cross with “joy.” (Hebrews 12:2) The cross would make it possible for us to come back to God. God rejoices when a sinner repents. (Luke 14:10) God rejoices greatly over his people. (Zeph. 3:17)

II. What was Jesus’ secret?

Jesus lived a life of deep suffering. How did he have so much joy? He was opposed, hated and even rejected in his hometown. His family didn’t believe he was the Messiah. And yet he wasn’t bitter, cruel or hateful. (Jesus was always Christlike.)

The secret to Jesus’ joy was his

Jesus spent entire nights in prayer. Luke 10:21, Jesus was full of joy in the Holy Spirit. His joy was not in circumstances, but in God. The closer to Jesus you are, the more authentic your joy will be.

 

III. Bring that into my life:

Philippians 4:4 commands us to “rejoice in the Lord always.”

1. W(Luke 10:17) We find joy in serving the Lord.

2. W(Luke 10:19) You not only have a relationship with God, you have a relationship with the devil. Jesus’ relationship with Satan was adversarial. But too many people, their relationship with the devil is cozy. We only find joy when we make Satan our enemy.

3. W(Luke 10:20)

4. W(Luke 10:23-24)

 

 

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