Do You See What I See?

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4 December 2018

So much to love in this morning’s Gospel.

First, Luke tells us that Jesus was ‘filled with joy by the Holy Spirit’. What a wonderful thing for Luke to record. (It’s a detail missing from Matthew’s telling of this story.) What a marvellous image to reflect on: Jesus rapt in joy.
Second, Jesus blesses the Father, ‘Lord of heaven and earth’. Love that.
Third, Jesus states that the learned and the clever have missed a profound truth that ‘mere children’ can see. Yes!
Fourth, Jesus declares that everything has been entrusted to him by the Father. Pretty amazing.

Then comes this jaw dropping line:

no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’

Jesus knows who the Father is. He knows Him – the Lord of heaven and earth – deeply, intimately, profoundly. And, more wonderful still, Jesus reveals the Father to others, at least to those ‘whom the Son chooses’ (i.e. YOU!). The amazing, life-changing truth; the profound treasure; the wondrous revelation that is hidden from the learned and the clever, and longed for by prophets and kings, is simply this: God is a loving Father, and you can know Him as exactly that.

So, if you want to know the Father in your life, ask.
Ask Jesus to reveal Him to you. You don’t need to be learned or clever, you just need to want to know Him. It is entirely appropriate to ask Jesus to give us eyes to see and ears to hear so that we, like Jesus, knowing our Father’s love, can be filled with joy by the Holy Spirit.

The Father’s love revealed. You can’t get more Adventy than that.

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