In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” (Luke 10:21-24)
What Prophets And Kings Desired To See
Jesus shared a special bond with His Father no man could understand. He had come to earth to live in the fleshly form of His own creation. His mission was to bring man back to the Father redeeming him from the penalty of sin. Man tried to save himself as a law of his own accord and the Jews tried to save themselves with the Law. Neither could save themselves. The Father had given up His Son to reconcile all men to Him and bring the eternal hope back to the hearts of a lost and dying world. There was much to do in the ministry of Jesus. He was not born of noble blood from the trappings of man’s prideful wisdom. Growing up in Nazareth the son of a carpenter, Jesus was as ordinary a man as any other. It was not until he turned thirty years old He showed the power of His teaching and miracles. Gathering men around Him as disciples, He would send them forth to spread the message of His kingdom. Unknown to men, the battle that was being waged was between God and Satan. Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, the enemy of the Lord held sway over the hearts of men. With the coming of Jesus into the world the forces of evil sought to destroy all Jesus did. Sending the seventy out to preach the good news of salvation destroyed much of the influence of Satan. It was a time of great victory. Men could not see the larger picture and purpose of the Lord. His work was being done in great strides.
In a reflective moment, Jesus gave thanks to His Father for the plan of redemption and the unveiling of the eternal plan to save man. The disciples of Jesus were devoted to the cause of the Lord and through their love shared the gospel of truth to all who would listen. No one realized what the mission of Jesus would be. His death was a shock to all of His disciples because it was the culmination of the bigger plan to destroy the works of the devil. Jesus knew this. The Father planned it. Jesus was thankful for the relationship He and the Father shared in the work to redeem man. Wise men could not imagine the purpose of God. The cross was foolishness to the wisdom of men but for the Father it was the full sacrifice of His only Son that would save man.
The disciples lived in a remarkable time. No period of history is so incredible and so magnificent than those three short decades when God walked among men in the flesh. Jesus was unremarkable as men go and for thirty years worked as the son of a carpenter in the city of Nazareth. He had no special appearance about him that would make Him different. Mary had other children and Jesus was the oldest of the five sons. It was not until the age of thirty-three the world changed. Jesus began to perform miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit and people saw things never seen before. He healed every known disease, walked on water, calmed the storm, fed thousands of people with a few loaves and fishes, raised the dead and cast out demons. Those disciples that followed Jesus saw things that generations of men and women longed to see. All the generations following Jesus can only imagine how amazing those three short years of His ministry must have been. Yet the ones who walked with Jesus were party to the greatest revelation of God’s power known to man. Prophets and kings desired to see what they saw. The ministry of Jesus was a time of great power.
There is no way to go back in time to share in the great events in the life of Jesus. God has provided a means by which all men can see the power of God revealed through the acts of His Son. The Bible is the testimony that bears all the truth men need to find salvation. All men today have the fully revealed word of God. The truth is given to men in all of its completion. That which is perfect has come in the form of a book that unfolds the scheme of God’s redemptive plan to save man. No time in early history can match the grandeur of the pages of Holy Writ as has now been revealed through the word of God, the Bible. Every man can read and understand the full mystery of Christ promised in the Old Testament, revealed in the Gospels and established in the teachings of the New Testament. It would have been amazing to see Jesus heal the sick. What is more amazing and powerful is to read about all the miracles the Lord and His teaching so that we can come to know the Son of God. We have in our hands the complete revelation of God. Many prophets and kings desired to have what we have. The question remains: what are we doing with this wonderful gift we call the Bible?