Jesus told the disciples to go and share. But not everyone is going to accept the Gospel. We need to understand that. It’s very sad for those who do not.
He said it would be worse for them than for the people of Sodom. Fire and brimstone rained down. The terrible burning of fire and brimstone is a little glimpse of hell. The Bible is clear that hell is a real place. It is real because when people reject Christ they are choosing eternity without Him.
That means they are choosing unimaginable darkness, because Jesus is the Light. It means they are choosing the bottomless pit, because Jesus is the sure foundation and without Him there is no place to even rest our feet. It means choosing pain, because Jesus is healing. It means choosing terrible, unquenchable thirst, because Jesus is the Living Water. It means choosing eternal death, because Jesus is Eternal Life. It is more terrible than mere words can explain, and it is what awaits people who refuse to follow Christ.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. There is the way of escape.
But it’s so easy that people often ignore it.
We get to choose. We can accept the free gift of eternal life that Jesus paid for with His life and death, or we can choose to be judged on our own righteousness.
Here’s the thing, none of us is righteous. We are all sinners. If we stand before God based on what we have done, we are doomed. We can only begin to stand before God if we are covered over with Jesus’ righteousness.
“‘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. But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.’ The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’ He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’ 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. 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.’ Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 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.’” Luke 10:13-24
And so, the disciples went to share. When they returned, they were filled with such joy. It seems they were pretty happy about the demons being subject to them. Jesus could see into the heavenly realm to observe the victory. He explained that they had power over the enemy and that when people share, satan is defeated.
We love that; satan hates that.
But Jesus also reminded them not to rejoice in works, rather to rejoice in the fact that their names were written in heaven.
Think about that, our names can be written in heaven. Definitely that is something to rejoice about.
Jesus also rejoiced. He praised His Father that truth was revealed to the little ones.
The disciples could see the Truth, because He was standing right in front of them.