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. Luke 10:21
Why does Jesus rejoice? Surely not because the spirits are subject to the 72! He just told them not to rejoice over that reason. Jesus explains why He is rejoicing in the rest of the verse: He rejoices that it was the Father’s “gracious will” or “good pleasure” to reveal deep truths to those who are nothing, and not to reveal those same truths to those who are wise in the eyes of the world. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29:
Not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; . . . 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
Consider: Who chose what is foolish? Who revealed truth to the weak, to children? God did! Whatever knowledge we have is obtained by God’s grace!
In effect, Jesus is saying, “You are that little child I took beside me! That is you! You have no more power on your own than that child. You are nothing without Me. To be my true disciple, you need to acknowledge that. So delight in your humility! That’s what I delight in!”
Jesus elaborates on this a little more in verse 22:
“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.” Luke 10:22
Jesus has all authority. No one knows the Father unless Jesus chooses to reveal the Father to him. No one. Not me. Not you. No one.
This is profoundly humbling. Our greatest knowledge, our most important insight, is a gift. We know Jesus as our Savior, we see God as our Father, not because we are smart, not because we have special insight, not because we are wise. That knowledge is a gift.
I am child. I am nothing apart from Jesus’ work in me.
Jesus sums up the enormity of our privileges in the last two verses:
Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 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.” Luke 10:23-24
Many great people – great in the eyes of the world and great in God’s sight – longed to see God’s Messiah, and they never did. They are nothing. They are children. Yet they have power. They have insight. They know Jesus as Savior and Lord. What a privilege!