Jesus drives out a demon. Engraving by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (March 26, 1794 – May 24, 1872)
“However, don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.” – Luke 10:20 CSB
Imagine that at the word you spoke in the name of Jesus, the demons shuddered. Imagine that they fled.
In reality they do, and in the case of Jesus’ sending of the 72 disciples in Luke 10, this reality was particularly pronounced. The disciples were understandably excited as they returned from the mission for which they were sent and reported to Jesus that Hell fled before them. Yet, Jesus told them this is not the greatest cause for rejoicing.
We should note that verse 17 indicates the reason the demons submitted. It was because the name of Jesus. Jesus is basically telling the disciples, “that is as it should be!” Indeed, over and over again it is indicated in the Gospels the demons know who He is and they react and respond. James tells us the demons believe that there is one God, and they shudder (James 2:19).
As amazing as this is, the most amazing thing is that these disciples’ names are written down in Heaven. That is something to rejoice about! No matter how great of works God does through his people, and no matter what difficulty we face, we have a name recorded in Heaven that indicates we belong to Him. Indeed, as the old song says, “There’s a new name written down in glory, and it’s mine, oh yes it’s mine!”
Father, help me this day to rejoice in the truly remarkable fact that my name is recorded in the Lamb’s book of life and that I have a new name known but to You and that there is nothing on earth or in Hell that can change that. Amen.”