21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
In this passage from Luke, Jesus was full of joy through the Holy Spirit. He was praising God and celebrating the work God was doing. Then Jesus reveals the nature of his relationship to God. He makes it abundantly clear that he is here as a representative of God and for God. He goes on to explain how blessed the disciples are to be part of this important work. They are right there with Jesus, seeing it in person, part of the plan as it comes to reality. Many before had wanted to see what God was doing, and many after would wonder the same. Countless of those who were alive during Jesus’ time on earth failed to see who he really was.
We, however, know the truth. We know the history. We’ve heard the news of the savior born in a stable. We are blessed to see what Jesus has done and is doing. We can praise God for what he has done. And we can point others toward the work of Jesus who reveals God to all. What can you do this Christmas season to point others toward Jesus?
Dear God, in this Christmas season, I thank you for the gift of Jesus. Help me cultivate joy in my heart by focusing on the gift and the beauty around me. Guide me to where there is need, and let me bring your light to the dark places. I love your ways, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.