Not to be irreverent . . . not, in any way, to lower Jesus to my level . . . but in the spirit of Jesus taking on full humanity and of being made flesh and blood like us . . . something I read in Luke this morning resulted in an image coming to mind of Jesus. An image that made me smile. I imagined Jesus doing something that I’ve seen many a goal scorer in hockey do. I imagined Him looking to heaven . . . pumping His arm by His side . . . and shouting to the Father, “Yes!!!”
What was the Biblical basis for such a “vision?” Here it is . . .
In that same hour He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was Your gracious will.” (Luke 10:21 ESV)
Off the top of my head, I don’t recall anywhere else where it says Jesus rejoiced . . . and that He rejoiced in the Spirit. Not sure there’s another place where He might have said something like, “Yes! Thank You Father!”
It happened “the same hour.” The same hour the seventy-two returned. The seventy-two that Jesus had appointed and sent out, two by two, to proclaim that the kingdom of God had come near. The seventy-two He sent out as “lambs in the midst of wolves.” But the seventy-two who He had sent out with authority to heal and perform signs and wonders as testimony to the truth of their message.
And when they returned, the seventy-two were pumped! “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!” They had gone in obedience . . . they had lived the power of Jesus name . . . and they returned rejoicing. And to them, Jesus said, Of course . . . “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven . . . Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (10:17-20).
And in that same hour, Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and gave thanks to the Father. He was exceedingly glad. In concert with the Spirit, you might say that He jumped for joy . . . that He exulted in His disciples’ experience . . . that He gloried in seeing God’s perfect will played out.
Does Jesus rejoice? Absolutely! Is His heart moved to gladness when He sees His people walking in the ways they were called to? Evidently! Does He express inexpressible joy to the Father when He beholds the fruit of God’s redemptive plan? I’m thinkin’
O that God could use sinners-saved-by-grace to move the King of Kings to rejoice . . . and look to heaven . . . and thank the Father . . . and exclaim, “Yes!!!”
What grace. For the followers were feeble. But they were faithful. And, by His Name, they became fruitful.
By faith they went. Through the power of His name they returned triumphant. And Jesus rejoiced and gave glory to, God.
Kind of makes me smile . . .
. . . and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:5b ESV)