The secret to joy


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 is what you were pleased to do.“

The verse says Jesus was full of joy.

What could make the Son of God feel joy?

At the time, Jesus was talking to his disciples, and he called them little children or babes.

Jesus was joyous because something hidden had been revealed.

Later Jesus says, “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.” (v. 24)

What could it possibly be that the wise, learned, kings, and prophets missed?

A king can do anything he wants, right? He rules his kingdom, so nothing is off limits. Meanwhile, prophets see heavenly revelations. Wise and learned people know about the richness of history and life.

So what did all these people miss that filled Jesus with joy?

Whatever it was, you could not see it from a high place. A place of power did not reveal it to you. What they missed could not be found through intellect or personal effort.

What the kings, prophets, wise, and highly educated missed was something at the grass roots, eye level.

Something very human.

Jesus also said (v. 18), “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

Such powerful words!

It’s all my arrogance and pride tumbling down.

It’s the hardened heart finally opening up and saying YES to God’s sweet mercy.

Can a king see this from his place of power?

Can I see this sitting on my throne of vanity or control?

Even if you had all the power of a king to make your kingdom exactly the way you wanted it, you would still miss the joy of Jesus.

He shared the secret in verse 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.”

God the Father is revealed to us by Jesus the Son.

It is God Almighty, coming down to our level, even lowering himself to get on his knees to wash the dirt from our feet.

A king will never see this since it means renouncing his kingly posture and position.

But the King of kings came down. The Lord of lords humbled himself.

He made God accessible to all of us. This is what made Jesus so happy, so full of joy.

Jesus comes down to you.

He embraces you and looks you in the eye.

Jesus says to you,

I am God.

I have Good News for you.

I am here for you my child, my babe.

You are not alone.

I love you.

Be full of joy.

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