“I have observed Satan fall like lightning[h] from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:18-20
The seventy sent out by Jesus tells of a wider mission than that of the first sending of the Twelve, and these have just returned from their mission, joyful at seeing the mighty works performed through them in Jesus’ name. Jesus’ response is a curious one.
Does He mean that He saw Satan fall because of the mission of the seventy? Or is he thinking back to a time beyond time at the first rebellion when Satan fell from heavenly grace due to pride?
Imagine being able to work such great signs as reported by the seventy? They came back inspired and in awe at what they have seen, and Jesus perhaps wanted to warn them against pride and having too much confidence in the power entrusted to them. Jesus tells them that their greatest joy is that “your names are written in heaven.”
As followers of Christ, He sends us out to witness to His saving power, and He warns us to be on guard against pride. Sir James Simpson, who discovered how chloroform could be used as an anesthesia in surgery, was once asked, “What do you think was your greatest discovery?” All thought he would answer ‘chloroform’, but he simply said, “My greatest discovery in life is that I am a great sinner who cannot help myself and that Jesus Christ is my Savior who by his work on the cross had brought hope to my life.”
Let us keep in mind that no matter what great discoveries we have in this life, our greatest is to acknowledge that all pales in comparison to having our names written in heaven, thanks to the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.
May God Bless You!