We read in this scripture, how miracles done in Korazin, Bethsaida did not cause them to repent. Jesus gave authority to 70 disciples for the propagation of the gospel. They did return to Jesus with great joy testifying that even devils submitted at His name. Jesus told them not to glory in this but rather that their names are written in heaven. He further proclaimed on them power to tread upon serpents and over all powers of the devil and nothing shall hurt them. At that hour Jesus rejoiced in the spirit and thanked his Heavenly Father for all He did reveal and performed through his disciples. He said to his disciples how blessed they are to have seen these things that kings and prophets sort to see but did not.
A certain lawyer tested Him by asking a question on how he may inherit eternal life? His reply was quite phenomenal, because Jesus referred him to the law about showing love to your Neighbour and also buttresses this requirement with a parable of the Good Samaritan who cared for his Neighbour, emphasizing who your Neighbour is contrary to popular belief.
As a people Christ has been revealed to us through his works and this should prompt repentance. As believers our mandate is to spread the gospel of Christ taking over territories for the Lord. This is why we have been empowered. Situation and circumstances in life would indeed tempt you and challenge our authority, but be of good cheer, you shall not be hurt If you apply the power and revealed truth you know to those situations.
We learn from Jesus’ encounter with the lawyer that we ought to practice the truth that we know, it is not enough to have knowledge of the law but to put it to use and let it impact our daily living such as showing love not only to people that are related to you but to every one around you.
I am full of the spirit of God! I have power over the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt me. I am a good neighbor who cares for others in Jesus name!
Reading – Luke 10:13-37
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.[a]
16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[b]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[d] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
- Luke 10:15 That is, the realm of the dead
- Luke 10:27 Deut. 6:5
- Luke 10:27 Lev. 19:18
- Luke 10:35 A denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see Matt. 20:2).