We can freely choose to gather on Sunday morning to worship the living Christ because others have gone before us, with a vision of God’s Kingdom, with singularity of purpose, with a clear message to share, and unafraid that some would protest against them.
Their successes are worthy of celebration.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you,
but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. — Luke 10:20
Jesus appointed 70 people and sent them out in pairs ahead of his travels. The number of people might also represent the number of nations the ancients perceived existed in their time, thus representing that Jesus sent sufficient numbers of people to reach the entire world. For Presbyterians, the idea of reaching the entire world resonates with our connectional system of government, through which we send people, mission co-workers throughout the world to work with those already working in those countries.
The number 70 is significant for Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church as this would mean sending nearly everyone present on a typical Sunday out to share that the Kingdom of God has come near. And in fact we are sent as messengers for everyone we meet judges our congregation and the entire Church of Jesus Christ based on how well each person demonstrates the Kingdom of Heaven.
Likewise we communicate the gift of freedom to the whole world on how we use it; whether we use it for the common good of the whole world or only for ourselves.
I will have more to say about Luke 10:1-20 on Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor