At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”
– Matthew 11:25-27
This is one of the most hair-raising statements recorded in all of human literature. Imagine yourself present to hear it as Matthew was. It must have sounded exceedingly unusual to the witnesses.
Jesus’ first two sentences are profound but not staggering. He praises God for having hidden His truths from wise and intelligent people while revealing them to the smallest of children. This does not mean, of course, that God has denied educated people access to His truths. It only means that all people must come humbly as children, laying aside any claims to intellectual superiority, in order to grasp those truths.
It is rightly said that some things are so obviously true that you have to be highly educated in order to deny them. We see this almost daily in 21st-century America where common sense has a hard time getting heard on a college campus. For this reason, we can praise God all the more that His truths are available to everyone who humbles himself before God as a child.
What follows these first two sentences is really quite staggering – especially “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father.” What kind of human being talks this way? Truly, you either run away from such a person because the claim is so absurd on its face…or else you run to Him and seek mercy because you know He has to be telling the truth even though you can’t comprehend the particulars.
I don’t believe that Jesus knew He was God when He was on earth. I think keeping Himself in the dark was part of His becoming human. As a quarterback, God threw the ball the length of the field…and then ran the hundred yards to be the receiver who caught it.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, I approach You as a child who doesn’t know it all – just the way You approached Your Father…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)