FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
Some Doctrines Are More Important Than Others
Jesus had more than twelve disciples, but not all were called Apostles so in this passage it is evident that Jesus bestowed upon the seventy, power to overcome the enemy.
They could tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the devil, so that the people could hear the good news of the Gospel.
When the disciples got back to Jesus there was a lot of chatter and excitement about the good things they did in the Name of the Lord. There is nothing any greater than to see joy come into a person's life when they are set free by the power of God.
Jesus took that moment to bring more important truth to the conversation. v. 20 Rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
From this important teaching the disciples took heed that the emphasis of their ministry must be directed toward a person's salvation and not the miracle some others need in their lives. With some, but not all, a miracle is very important if it leads them to the Lord so they might be open to the New Testament Apostolic plan of salvation, Acts 2:38. People need to be aware that when this life is over there is a better place for the faithful child of God. There is a lot of room in heaven for all the names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Note please John 14:2
Jesus taught His disciples to pray the Lord's prayer found in Luke 11:2. It's important that any and all do not take the name of the Lord in vain, and that one goes on to find God's will for your life and pursue after with all that is in you. He teaches them also that He gives us our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, lead us not into temptation, deliver us from evil.
There is no question some days here on earth are more difficult than others, so if that be true, be close to the Lord because you will need Him to lean upon. We need to put doctrines in the order that they are most important, failing to do that could bring unnecessary sorrow.