“At that time Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.’ “
Jesus had just finished talking about how the those who had seen His mighty miracles were still rejecting Him. Though they had more evidence than any other generation, they still weren’t embracing Him as the promised Savior.
The major group of people that were typically identified as rejecting Jesus were the religious elite—the teachers, pastor, elders, and other leaders. They couldn’t seem to open their hearts to Him at all. Do we struggle with that, too?
But the common folk, the less learned and regular people seemed to be attracted to Jesus. I believe that these are the “babes” that Jesus referred to. These people, even if they weren’t sure of exactly who Jesus was yet, were still able to recognize that there was something amazing about this Man. He seemed to care about their sufferings, their wants, and their needs. He could confuse the leaders in their own tracks, and yet He cared enough to spend time with each and every person that came to Him for pardon and healing.
This is the Leader that we want to know. This Jesus, that showed compassion on the hopeless, that gave peace to the troubled, and that loved the wretched sinner was a friend to all that would accept Him—regardless of their life and its circumstances. And Jesus still has that kind of love for us today. If we are willing to come to Him, just as we are: filthy, sin-stained, and hopeless. And He can clean us up, forgive us, and give us a new future! A future full of life, love, and hope! But we must believe. We must come to Him with a heart that truly sorrows for what we’ve done, and we give it all up. We must learn to be like Jesus.