Today’s reading is Luke 10.
In this chapter, Jesus sends out 72 messengers. The commission He gives them is much like the one He gave in chapter 9 to the twelve He sent out, “heal the sick who are there and tell them,’the Kingdom of God has come near’”(verse 9). These disciples came back rejoicing with excitement because of all the wonders and miracles they saw. Jesus speaks to these disciples about how God has chosen to reveal Himself to them because it pleased Him. God wanted His people to know Him.
All these years they had only known “about” God. They knew He was powerful, they knew He was to be obeyed. They knew He was to be worshipped. But they did not “Know” Him, Not in an intimate way. They could not.
Jesus speaks of the prophets and kings of history that longed to “see and hear “ what the people of His time were seeing and hearing, but they did not.(vrs 24)
Old Simeon, the prophet summed up the longing that these prophets and kings had desired in Luke 2 during all the events of the first Christmas. Simeon held the eight day old Jesus, as Mary and Joseph had brought Baby Jesus to be dedicated at the temple. Simeon, a man who was longing to see the Messiah, declared, ““Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”” (Luke 2:29-32)
Salvation had come! The Kingdom of God, His rule and reign in our hearts, that had come through Jesus our Savior had come! We no long are bound to the death, darkness, and destruction of the kingdom of satan. Jesus came to provide the way for us to step into the Kingdom of light, the Kingdom of God!
We do not have to “dream and long” to see and hear of the goodness of God and His presence in our lives, we can KNOW it, intimately, it can be born within us! Just as Jesus was born into our world as a baby all those years ago, He can be born into our hearts today! We are truly “Blessed!”