“At that time Jesus 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 was your good pleasure. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “ (Reference: Matthew 11:25-27 )
This sounds pretty . . . well, arrogant . . . if you did not know the context. At least at a very initial first impression. I mean, Jesus being glad adult people were being kept in ignorance but little children were the secrets of the Divine? But then, you read it in context and then you say “Oh! I get it.” The Message does the best job of rendering the text so as to understand what I mean.
“Next Jesus let fly on the cities where he had worked the hardest but whose people had responded the least, shrugging their shoulders and going their own way. “Doom to you, Chorazin! Doom, Bethsaida! If Tyre and Sidon had seen half of the powerful miracles you have seen, they would have been on their knees in a minute. At Judgment Day they’ll get off easy compared to you. And Capernaum! With all your peacock strutting, you are going to end up in the abyss. If the people of Sodom had had your chances, the city would still be around. At Judgment Day they’ll get off easy compared to you. “
Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”
Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.” (Verses 20-27)
Jesus, like God, judges people for what they do and how they act and NOT for who they are or who they think they are! And note particularly verse 27 where Jesus says he is glad to explain to people who he is and who God is. It is the people who think they are “hot stuff” that do not and can not understand God and Jesus. People who seek Jesus will find Jesus, and will find God in Jesus. Sadly, it is people who do not think they need God that need God the most, but will never find God or Christ because their “peacock strutting” and “know-it-all” attitude keep them from God.
Beloved, I hope and pray that you are “ordinary” and are like a “little child” who is receptive to God and to Christ. May it be so! Selah!