Luke 10:17-20 WHY YOU CAN REJOICE
Intro: Ill. We live in difficult days. It seems that there is trouble on every
hand and that the Lord's people are suffering under unnecessary burdens.
Sometimes, it is easy to forget that Romans 8:28 means just what it says!
Sometimes, it is easy to get defeated, discouraged and dejected. Often, it
is easy to lose one's shout. Why is that? I think the reason we lose our
shout in the midst of our trials is that we lose sight of the real reason for our
joy in the first place. Is it feeling good that brings joy into our lives? We all
like to feel good, but it would appear, from the text, that feelings aren't
where it is at. Is it circumstances that bring about rejoicing? From our text,
it would appear not! Is it getting our way that brings joy? Again, from the
text, I would say no! What is the real root of joy then? According to Jesus,
the real root of joy is not feelings, circumstances or getting our way that
brings joy, rather, it is the simple, blessed assurance that we have been
saved by grace that should produce "joy unspeakable and full of glory" in our
hearts and lives.
Look at the text. The Disciples had been out preaching and ministering
in the name of the Lord. They had seen powerful things take place. Why,
even demonic spirits were helpless against their power and were cast out
by them. They are overjoyed by this and come to Jesus rejoicing in their
great spiritual power. Jesus, however, shows them the true reason for
rejoicing. He tells them that salvation is the best and greatest catalyst for
joy in the life if the believer.
You know, I'm glad He said that! I have never cast out a demon, and
I probably never will. Most, if not all of you are in the same boat. We
haven't, and aren't like to experience anything like that, and if it took
something of that magnitude to give a reason to rejoice, then I suppose we
would never be able to rejoice in the Name of the Lord. However, Jesus put
rejoicing within the reach of every child of God!
The only item necessary for there to be rejoicing in your life is just the
fact that you name is written in Heaven. If we could ever get a hold of that
truth, we would tear this building down tonight! I am hear this evening to tell
you that if you are saved, then you have reason for rejoicing. You have
cause for shouting. You have al that is needed to praise the name of the
Lord as long and as loud as you wish.
I want every born again person in this room to know that you can
rejoice, that there is nothing stopping you. You can, you should, you must
learn to praise the Lord Jesus and I want to tell you why. Allow me to give
you three reasons Why You Can Rejoice.
I. BECAUSE OF YOUR ETERNAL SALVATION
(Ill. Salvation is more than a "get out of Hell free card." Salvation brings with
it many wonderful gifts that the believer tends to forget about as he fights the
battles of life. I would just like to refresh your memory, this evening, about
what is yours through your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If your
name is written in Heaven, then you are saved and al the benefits of
salvation are yours! Notice what some of them are.)
A. A Relationship - At the very instant of conversion, a new relationship
is formed. The new born child of God instantly becomes a child of God
- 1 John 3:1-2. God in Heaven becomes our Father and we enter into
a special relationship with Him. I want to touch on 2 aspects of that
relationship this evening.
1. There Is An Adoption - Gal. 4:4-6; 2 Cor. 6:17-18 When we are
saved, we are adopted into the family of God. He takes us as His
children with all the rights and privileges thereof.
(Ill. Adoption - The word "adoption" (huiothesia) means to place as
a son. The picture of adoption is a beautiful picture of what God
does for the Christian. In the ancient world the family was based on
a Roman law called "patria potestas," the father's power. The law
gave the father absolute authority over his children so long as the
father lived. He could work, enslave, sell, and if he wished, he could
pronounce the death penalty. Regardless of the child's adult age,
the father held all power over personal and property rights.
Therefore, adoption was a serious matter. Yet, it was a
common practice to ensure that a family would not become extinct
by having no male children. And when a child was adopted, three
legal steps were taken.
1. The adopted son was adopted permanently. He could not be
adopted today and disinherited tomorrow. He became a son of the
father--forever. He was eternally secure as a son.
2. The adopted son immediately had all the rights of a
legitimate son in the new family.
3. The adopted son completely lost all rights in his old family.
The adopted son was looked upon as a new person--so new that
old debts and obligations connected with his former family were
cancelled out and abolished as if they never existed.)
2. There Is An Access - As children, we have unlimited and
unhindered access to the Father in Heaven, Heb. 4:14-16.
Therefore, we can take our burdens to Him and find help. We can
take our problems to Him and find solutions. We can take our hurts
to Him and find healing. Because we are the children of God, we
can and should go to the Father and allow Him to minister to our
B. A Renewal - When a person comes to Jesus for salvation, some
things are made new. Sometimes are done away with and that is
reason for rejoicing!
1. We Are Cleansed By Him - Col. 2:13; Eph. 4:32 - Everything that
was dirty, filthy and evil about us has been forever taken away!
That alone, is a reason to praise His Name!
2. We Are Changed By Him - Not only does He take away the past,
but He changes the future as well! 2 Cor. 5:17 tells us in no
uncertain terms that when a person becomes a child of God, they
are changed! They are no longer what they used to be, but not
they have been redeemed and they are free to live for the Lord.
(Ill. Eph. 2:10) Everything changes when you come to Jesus!
C. A Reward - As hard as it may be to imagine, the Lord is going to
reward His children, both now and when they get home. According
to Rom. 8:16-17; Titus 3:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-4, every child of God is an heir
of God. That is, we literally share in ownership of everything that
belongs to the Father. How much is that? Psalm 24:1; Psalm 50:10.
Simply stated, it is enough for you and for me to enjoy the nest of the
best! All that is my Father's is mine! And, that is enough! In fact,
we haven't even begun to grasp all that is ours in Jesus Christ. A
verse that is typically used to tell of the glories of Heaven is better
applied to this life - 1 Cor. 2:9. We can't even imagine what the Lord
can do in and for those who are His!
(Ill. He died for me, He called me, He saved me! He did it all! He
placed me in His body. He gave me a place of service. He
equipped me to serve. He gave me gifts that would enable me to do
His will. He blessed. He worked. He controlled the harvest. Then,
when this life is over, He will still reward me for the works I perform
for Him, 1 Cor 3. No wonder we will toss our crowns at His feet and
praise His Name - Rev. 4!)
D. A Rescue - Daniel 12:1 tells of a time when those whose names are
written in the book of life will be taken out of this world. We believers
know that event by the name of the rapture, 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes.
4:16-17. Because our names are written in Heaven, we will get to go
and be with Jesus when He returns to receive His Bride. We will be
taken alive to be with Him in Heaven and we will miss the Great
Tribulation that is to come upon the earth. We will leave in an instant
and spend eternity with our glorious Lord in His heavenly Home!
(Ill. If you took the truths and had no others, there would be enough to shout
about forever! However, there are 2 more reasons that I would like to give
that tell us Why You Can Rejoice.)
I. Because Of Your Eternal Salvation
II. BECAUSE OF YOUR ETERNAL SECURITY
A. Ill. Not only are we saved and can shout about that, but we are saved
forever! Notice the words "are written". This verb is in the Perfect
Passive Indicative. May not mean much to you, but this surely will.
The literal sense of this verb is this, "your name is written and shall be
written." It means that it stands written. The Perfect Tense refers to
an action completed in the past that has ongoing results into the
future. The Passive Voice reminds us that the subject is being acted
upon by another. The Indicative Mood is merely a statement of fact.
If you put all of this together, you realize that at some point in the past,
God put your name in the Lamb's Book of Life, and that action carries
on into the future. Simply stated, Jesus said this, "your names stand
written in heaven."
B. The Lord Jesus gave a promise along these lines in Rev. 3:5. He
promises there that our names will not be blotted out of the book of
life! I am grateful to the Lord that when you get in, you are in forever!
There is no way for any child of God to lose his salvation! After all,
we are not kept by what we do, but by the power of God, 1 Pet. 1:5.
If I can lose my salvation, then God isn't great enough to keep me
C. If it ever dawned on us that we have been saved by grace and are
kept by that same grace, we would come unglued! I have no doubt
that many Christians harbor a secret fear in the back of their minds
that someday, some way, they just might lose their salvation and go
to Hell. Nothing could be father from the truth! If you are saved, you
are saved forever and that is a reason to rejoice!
I. Because Of Your Eternal Salvation
II. Because Of Your Eternal Security
III. BECAUSE OF YOUR ETERNAL SATISFACTION
A. Ill. If being saved and being eternally secure isn't enough to bring us
to the point of praise, then perhaps the thought of Heaven will do it for
us. Why? Because having your name written in the Book of Life
spells the difference between Heaven and Hell, Rev. 20:15; Rev.
21:27. If your name is in the book, then you are going to Heaven!
B. The word "written" means to "enroll as a citizen." When you received
Christ as your Savior, and your name was written in Heaven, you
were enrolled as a citizen of that country - Phil. 3:20. As a result,
Heaven and all that it is and contains is ours!
C. Just think of what that means! It means that Heaven is ours and that
one day, we will enjoy all the glories of that Heavenly city! Let me
remind you of some of them.
1. No tears - Rev. 21:4
2. No death - Rev. 21:4
3. No sorrow - Rev. 21:4
4. No pain - Rev. 21:4
5. No sin - Rev. 21:8
6. No sinners - Rev. 21:8
7. No Temple - Rev. 21:22
8. No sun - Rev. 21:23
9. No night - Rev. 21:25
10. No curse - Rev. 22:3
Ill. But that's all negative! Look now at what will be there!
1. God with His people - Rev. 21:3
2. The Lamb with His people - Rev. 21:22-23; 22:4
3. Jasper walls - Rev. 21:11-12
4. Pearly Gates - Rev. 21:21
5. Golden Streets - Rev. 21:21
6. The redeemed - Rev. 21:24
7. The glory of God - Rev. 21:23
8. Home - John 14:1-3
Ill. There's more that could be said about Heaven, but these things
are sufficient to make me rejoice in the fact that they are mine and
that I will partake of them some glorious day. What about you?
Conc: As we bring these thoughts to a close this evening, I hope you can
see that we who are saved have many reasons for rejoicing. The question
that comes to mind now is this, "Have we been giving the Lord the praise He
deserves and is worthy of, or have we been guilty of holding back?" Let's
decide that, if we are saved, we will act like we are saved and we will rejoice
simply because we can! Isn't the Lord good to give us do many reasons for
praising His name? Let's not take them for granted, but let's give Him glory
and honor this evening.