All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. (Luke 10:22)
Luke inserts this saying in the narrative of the return of the seventy-two who in their report rejoice at their experience of the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God. They have seen success in their work and Jesus rejoices that their gospel has been received. Jesus had said earlier that whoever receives them, receives Him.
Jesus also bursts in a thanksgiving to the Father for having made these known to the child-like. The experience of the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God is something that Jesus had wanted his disciples to undergo — they are the ones who have replaced Satan in heaven. And seeing the Devil’s kingdom recede is something that the disciples are to be thankful for.
The disciples rejoice that they have put one over the Enemy. Isn’t that something that anyone working for the kingdom would want to see? The problem is that we don’t exactly see the receding boundaries of the Devil’s kingdom. We can’t even measure the effects of our work. What we experience however is the deepening of our knowledge of the Lord. The disciples had the privilege of seeing their work prosper. Most of us however will just have to notice the progress of our work in retrospect. Our consolation is knowing that we have worked for the Lord and we that we ourselves have changed in that work, growing and maturing in commitment to the Lord.
Let me know you Lord in our cell meetings. Let me know you in the people I serve with. Let me know you in the people I serve. Let me know you even in the darkness of faith. Let me know you even in the experience of loss.