Gospel of Luke 10: 21-24 (NIV)
21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No-one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no-one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
On occasions the Gospels describe to us Jesus’ sense of frustration at the apparent slowness of his disciples to comprehend what he was teaching them or to understand the purpose and consequences of his mission as he set his face towards Jerusalem and crucifixion.
Here, however, Jesus was filled to overflowing with joy at the evidence that the disciples’ mission, his sending out of the seventy (or seventy-two) (Luke 10: 1), had borne such obvious fruit. His song of praise to his “Father, Lord of heaven and earth” evidently was in the presence of more than the disciples but whether it was overheard by those he referred to as “the wise and learned” is not for us to know.
What were “these things” that were hidden from “the wise and learned” and revealed to little children (his disciples)? Presumably among “these things” was that the disciples had seen with their own eyes that the authority Jesus had imparted to them was both effective and complete. They had his authority “to overcome all the power of the enemy” and nothing would harm them (Luke 10: 19).
As the disciples reported back to Jesus, including through accounts of their own victory over demons, their testimonies were a confirmation to him of their obedience to him. Just as their obedience to him had revealed to them his absolute authority, so it revealed to them the nature of the Father in a way that “the wise and learned” just could not comprehend.
We are most fortunate to live in a post-resurrection era. Blessed are our eyes and ears for we have the message of the good news of Jesus Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension to be with the Father in glory. We have so much more than was revealed to the “prophets and kings” before Jesus’ day. Let us not hold this benefit lightly. As people committed to Jesus by his and our Father, we carry a great responsibility to be obedient to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in every aspect of our lives.