The Rebellion

Inspired by Luke 10

A Rabbi sends his disciples out, two by two, to proclaim good news in every surrounding town and village. In my mind’s eye, Jesus gives a little smile of satisfaction as he looks over the 72 lined up in front of Him, earnestly awaiting instruction.

They are poor, mournful, meek, and hungry for many things; all of them held captive by sin and death. They may not look like much, but these ordinary people foreshadow their Rabbi’s crowning victory over Satan.

Jesus’ mission is not just a rescue operation, but a rebellion from the rule of sin! In a few short years, these frail yet redeemed disciples will laugh in the face of death as they proclaim that Jesus has overcome it. The Messiah is indeed liberating his people from their oppressor!

What glorious victory for He in whose honor they will laugh, and what boundless defeat for he whose only power is fear and deceit. For what does an illegitimate king fear more than the uprising of those held in bondage?

On this day, only Jesus’ hint of a smile betrays the true meaning of the moment. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies sends his faithful out, two by two, to participate in the liberation of the world.

© 2018 Jacqueline Tisthammer. All Rights Reserved.

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