HOST: Ron House
In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
In this text, we get a rare glimpse into the prayer life of Jesus. This prayer of praise and rejoicing is offered in response to the news of the works performed by the seventy. The redemptive plan of God, long veiled in mystery, was being revealed in a powerful way through the life of Jesus and His followers. Jesus, seemingly overwhelmed by the joy of these great events, pauses to thank and glorify God for His gracious works. He then turns to His disciples to share His joy with them and to remind them of how blessed they are to be in a position to witness these things taking place. For centuries, godly men—kings and prophets, great and small—had hoped for, wondered about, anticipated, and waited for the plan of God to be revealed. Now that plan was being revealed in a powerful way before the disciples’ very eyes. Did they know or could they comprehend how blessed they were to be in the presence of the Son of God and to witness God’s plan coming to fruition? While you and I weren’t there to witness Him in the flesh, we are also very blessed to have that same plan of redemption revealed to us in His word and to be the benefactors of God’s love and mercy. Let us rejoice with Christ for the wonderful blessing of salvation through Him!
What kinds of things can cause us to lose our focus on salvation today?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!