At that time Jesus declared, “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;
Jesus was preaching to the crowd that gathered to hear the discussion he was having with the disciples of John the Baptist. Christ was condemning the cities that had failed to repent even after having witnessed the works of Christ.
I would assume the cities that Christ was referring to in the earlier verses, considered themselves to be an epicenter of intellect and enlightenment. But Christ is telling them they will pay the price for their arrogance, stiff necks and harden hearts. This is just as the great prophets of the Old Testament had preached to metropolises of their time.
After denouncing these worldly centers, Christ then speaks the words in verse 25.
So why is Christ thankful that God has hidden “these things” from the wise and understanding? And what are “these things”?
I am not sure what “these things” are other than the love of Christ and God, and the precious gift of life, the gift of the individual that God has given to us.
I believe that the wise and understanding that Christ refers to are the arrogant. God reveals all to all, including the wise and the understanding. But the wise and understanding, the arrogant, are so enamored by their own intelligence, that they cannot see and deny things beyond their worldly treasures. They can’t get out of their own mind.
As we grow and experience life, we lose our innocence. The trials of life push out the love in our hearts, the acceptance of all things, and fill it with an agenda of worldly objects and issues. As we grow and learn so does our arrogance. We put aside trust, wonderment and the awe of life. We consider such things childish. Our mind and heart becomes filled with the world and we push out God and the innocence of our youth. We lose our love of God and life and become obsessed with the world and believe it to be our salvation.
Christ said in John 3:13:
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
We are born with the kingdom of God in our hearts. Years of living teaches us to push it out. You must be born again, you must return to the open heart and mind of a child. You must regain the spirit of awe and wonder of life.
This is how the love of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are revealed. This is the gracious will of God.
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