When Jesus sent forth the seventy-two disciples, part of what they were told to do was “heal the sick” (Luke 10:9). When they returned, the disciples were beside themselves with excitement. “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” (Luke 10:17). Can you picture those enthusiastic missionaries jumping up and down and laughing as they shared their amazing experiences with Jesus?
Maybe one told about a man whose legs were bent at odd angles away from one another. Walking was not merely difficult, it was impossible. Then Beriah prayed and the man’s legs snapped into the proper position. Everyone heard a loud crack and the man’s legs looked like everyone else’s. “It was absolutely amazing,” whispered a still shocked Beriah.
Perhaps another told of a woman who was in such excruciating pain that she hadn’t slept in two months. Her face, gaunt and ashen, appeared as though she had already died. But when Hanniel prayed, the woman fell to the ground in such a profound sleep that no one could awaken her for three days. When she finally did wake up, she was totally and completely healed. Tears streamed down the cheeks of Hanniel as he recounted the story to Jesus and the others.
Obviously these are simply my imaginings. However, I’m sure that my imaginings fall far short of the miracle-working power of God. After all, Scripture says that God is “able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). Those disciples surely saw and experienced the power of God and so they “returned with joy” (Luke 10:17).
In the midst of their excitement and enthusiasm, though, Jesus said this, “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20, author’s emphasis).
As much as the miracles are spine-tingling events, the real excitement is reserved for the fact that we are headed for heaven. No matter how miraculous an earthly event may appear, it will never compare with our heavenly home with God.