Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
Where do we get something to be glad of? A life of victorious power? defeat of our foes? The ability to do mighty works of service to God and His people? All these are temptations to the followers of Jesus in Luke 10:17-20. They have just seen God working wonders through them.
Jesus then points out that he himself saw the fall of Satan, a greater sign than the disciples would ever see. He gives his disciples authority, but they are not to rejoice in that.
The source of joy for the Christian is that his name is written down in heaven. Jesus has adopted all Christians. He has given them a new name and identity. This is the source of our rejoicing. It is the way we live in eternal bliss with our Lord.
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