Luke 10* Seventy disciples sent forth. (1-16) The blessedness ofChrist's disciples. (17-24) The good Samaritan. (25-37) Jesus atthe house of Martha and Mary. (38-42)1-16 Christ sent the seventy disciples, two and two, that theymight strengthen and encourage one another. The ministry of thegospel calls men to receive Christ as a Prince and a Saviour;and he will surely come in the power of his Spirit to all placeswhither he sends his faithful servants. But the doom of thosewho receive the grace of God in vain, will be very fearful Thosewho despise the faithful ministers of Christ, who think meanlyof them, and look scornfully upon them, will be reckoned asdespisers of God and Christ. 17-24 All our victories over Satan, are obtained by powerderived from Jesus Christ, and he must have all the praise. Butlet us beware of spiritual pride, which has been the destructionof many. Our Lord rejoiced at the prospect of the salvation ofmany souls. It was fit that particular notice should be taken ofthat hour of joy; there were few such, for He was a man ofsorrows: in that hour in which he saw Satan fall, and heard ofthe good success of his ministers, in that hour he rejoiced. Hehas ever resisted the proud, and given grace to the humble. Themore simply dependent we are on the teaching, help, and blessingof the Son of God, the more we shall know both of the Father andof the Son; the more blessed we shall be in seeing the glory,and hearing the words of the Divine Saviour; and the more usefulwe shall be made in promoting his cause. 25-37 If we speak of eternal life, and the way to it, in acareless manner, we take the name of God in vain. No one willever love God and his neighbour with any measure of pure,spiritual love, who is not made a partaker of converting grace.But the proud heart of man strives hard against theseconvictions. Christ gave an instance of a poor Jew in distress,relieved by a good Samaritan. This poor man fell among thieves,who left him about to die of his wounds. He was slighted bythose who should have been his friends, and was cared for by astranger, a Samaritan, of the nation which the Jews mostdespised and detested, and would have no dealings with. It islamentable to observe how selfishness governs all ranks; howmany excuses men will make to avoid trouble or expense inrelieving others. But the true Christian has the law of lovewritten in his heart. The Spirit of Christ dwells in him;Christ's image is renewed in his soul. The parable is abeautiful explanation of the law of loving our neighbour asourselves, without regard to nation, party, or any otherdistinction. It also sets forth the kindness and love of God ourSaviour toward sinful, miserable men. We were like this poor,distressed traveller. Satan, our enemy, has robbed us, andwounded us: such is the mischief sin has done us. The blessedJesus had compassion on us. The believer considers that Jesusloved him, and gave his life for him, when an enemy and a rebel;and having shown him mercy, he bids him go and do likewise. Itis the duty of us all , in our places, and according to ourability, to succour, help, and relieve all that are in distressand necessity. 38-42 A good sermon is not the worse for being preached in ahouse; and the visits of our friends should be so managed, as tomake them turn to the good of their souls. Sitting at Christ'sfeet, signifies readiness to receive his word, and submission tothe guidance of it. Martha was providing for the entertainmentof Christ, and those that came with him. Here were respect toour Lord Jesus and right care of her household affairs. Butthere was something to be blamed. She was for much serving;plenty, variety, and exactness. Worldly business is a snare tous, when it hinders us from serving God, and getting good to oursouls. What needless time is wasted, and expense often laid out,even in entertaining professors of the gospel! Though Martha wason this occasion faulty, yet she was a true believer, and in hergeneral conduct did not neglect the one thing needful. Thefavour of God is needful to our happiness; the salvation ofChrist is needful to our safety. Where this is attended to, allother things will be rightly pursued. Christ declared, Mary hathchosen the good part. For one thing is needful, this one thingthat she has done, to give up herself to the guidance of Christ.The things of this life will be taken away from us, at thefurthest, when we shall be taken away from them; but nothingshall separate from the love of Christ, and a part in that love.Men and devils cannot take it away from us, and God and Christwill not. Let us mind the one thing needful more diligently.
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