ISAIAH 66:10-16
PSALM 66:1-8
LUKE 10:1-20

Partly because of the good news it brings, we’ve prettied up the story of Jesus’ birth almost to the point of unrecognizability. But when we look at Christmas from the viewpoint of heaven told by St. John in Revelation 12, we get an uglier look at the true nature of the battle Jesus was facing and fighting as he’s moving toward Jerusalem in Luke 10.

And it’s this reality that’s behind the urgency of Jesus’ sending of the 72 on mission.