A Child's Lenten Meditation-Day 29-More Harvesters

Luke 9
1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: "Take nothing for the journey--no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them." 6 So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

Luke 10
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5 "When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' 6 If the head of the house loves peace, your peace will rest on that house; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for workers deserve their wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8 "When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.' 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 'Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.' 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. 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 up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. 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 was your good pleasure. 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."

In a way this is the most exciting part of the whole story of Jesus. It's the parts that talks to us about how we get to participate in the Kingdom of God. Jesus was special, he was God with Us. But the 12 disciples? They were fishermen, revolutionaries, and tax collectors. They were country hicks and looked down on by all the important people in Israel. They even thought that tax collectors were traitors.

But Jesus gives them authority, and they go out by themselves and proclaim the good news and HEAL PEOPLE EVERY WHERE!

How excited would you be if you could go into a hospital and heal all the sick people in there? How exciting for all of us that regular old people could do these amazing things that God with us showed them to do.

Once the 12 disciples manage to heal people Jesus sends out another 72 people!

Those 72 people, we don't even know their names, they come back and report, "Even the demons have to obey us in your name."

Jesus then says something very interesting. He tells them that THEY have the authority to defeat evil and the power of the enemy. THey have what Adam and Eve lost in the garden of Eden. Remember when we read that story a couple of days ago?

Adam and Eve, had the power, and the job to rule over and take care of the earth. We were made for that purpose. It's our job. They, and all of us, lost the ability to do that when they disobeyed God. Now these 72 guys are finding that even the demons have to obey them because of Jesus.

This is the original plan. This is why God made us. This is why God called Abraham, and brought Israel out of Egypt, and made a people who would know him. This was the whole point of the plan, so that we could once again get the authority to rule over and take care of the earth. So that we could once again do what God made us and designed us to do.

Because of Jesus, we all get to be part of redeeming, that means fixing in this case, the broken earth, broken people, broken lives. You get to be part of redeeming the earth and taking care of it and people. YOU get to be part of God's kingdom too.

This is the point of the story.

But it's not over yet. Jesus is going to make it so that we can each have God's spirit in us. Remember, that's what the prophets promised, and that's what Israel has been looking forward to.

What do you think? Is that exciting? Do you wonder how you can be part of God's kingdom? Remember a kingdom is where the king is obeyed. Could you obey God?

Maybe you can think of other ways you can be part of God's kingdom. No one is too young or too small. Not even you.

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