The gospel according Luke was written by a first century doctor. In the book of Acts, also penned by Luke, he becomes a close friend to the apostle Paul. This relationship gives Luke more credibility as if a physician really needed anymore. Nonetheless, Luke is the only author who refers to an unnamed group of 72 disciples. Either Luke was one of these selected servants or he observed their ministry, feeling compelled to detail the role these men played in relation to Jesus’ earthly ministry. Like the 12 disciples, Jesus divided each into teams of two, preparing cities, towns and villages for future visits by him. This strategy was adopted by Billy Graham, working with local churches nearby upcoming crusades so that new converts would have a place to develop, grow and mature as Christians.
Nevertheless do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven,” Luke 10:20.
After delegating special authority to these 72 disciples, Jesus shares one final thought in the passage above. To a certain extent, Jesus was concerned that some of these men might begin to think quietly, “look what I did.” This reminder is spoken to help these individuals see the big picture in life. It’s not about casting out demons or healing the sick. The most important thing is whether your names are written in the book of life. As Jesus verbalizes this message, this thought moved him as the words below suggest that Jesus becomes emotional and exuberant. Perhaps, Jesus is reminded that one of this own disciples, Judas Iscariot, is not a member of this book. When something like this hits home, souls discard the meaningless aspects in life and develop a spiritual hunger to wins souls for eternity.
In that very hour He was overjoyed and rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and He said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things [relating to salvation] from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed them to infants [the childlike and untaught]. Yes, Father, for this way was [Your gracious will and choice, and was] well-pleasing in Your sight, Luke 10:21.
According to Luke’s words, the Holy Spirit spoke through Jesus. In the passage above, Jesus eludes to a child like faith, the importance of maintaining your innocence. Young children rely on their parents for their basic needs in life. However, when kids grow up, some pursue education and wisdom rather than God. Just as liberal college professors can challenge and overturn the values you were raised with, the Holy Spirit is the only source you need to alter your course. This invisible counselor enables faith driven souls to understand the real meaning and purpose for being born. During this interaction with 72 disciples, the thought of eternity moved Jesus to open up about this spiritual matter.
by Jay Mankus