When the 72 return from their mission, they are filled with joy and are quite moved by the fact that even demons were subject to them in Jesus’ name. Jesus acknowledges that they are safe from the forces of the Evil One, but tells them that they should be rejoicing not at their authority, but that that their names are written in heaven (10:17-20).
I don’t know about you, but that seems like very sound advice for any of us in leadership positions today.
Then Jesus gives some rare insight:
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.
“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.”
Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 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.” (10:21-24)
This is one of those times when I see that anything I might try to add to these words would detract from them, not help to understand them. May each of us treasure these words in our hearts.