We live in an amazing time in human history. Think about this, what a privilege we have today! What do I mean? If we go back to the days of the New Testament, we can read of Jesus speaking to His disciples on the magnitude of their privilege of being present at the time of His Heavenly Visitation, the coming of the Anointed One, the Messiah of Israel. Jesus even said that they are indeed blessed above all others that came before them.
From a Jewish perspective, this statement by Jesus would have to be considered incredible, amazing: The history of the Jewish people (Children of Israel) includes seeing the Mighty Hand of God in bringing them out of a 400-year bondage with great signs and wonders, in effect, destroying the mighty nation that enslaved them; themselves being witness after the great deliverance from Egypt to the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. Not forgetting to mention the mana and quail miraculously provided every single day until the crossing of the Jordan led by Joshua. All in one generation! Also, after the great conquests in the Promised Land, mighty, powerful were these events, they heard and saw unbelievable miracles, astonishing miracles, performed by Elijah and Elisha. Their children, and children’s children having been blessed/privileged to hear and witness and experience the awesome, equally wonderful, oracles of God, King David, Solomon, Isaiah, and all the prophets down to Malachi. And yet, considering all these things, all of these great things, what the disciples were witness to, what their ears heard, and their eyes saw, of the Word of Life far overshadowed anything that had gone before them, according to Jesus. It is truly an amazing thought. For, someone GREATER than all who came before, greater than Moses, greater than Elijah and all the prophets, greater than King David, Greater than Solomon!
“Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.”Luke 10:23,24
If you would take a moment to consider the impact this privilege had on the disciples. Look at what we’re told in the Book of Acts and in the Histories of the Church Fathers. This blessed privilege was not wasted on them. Their generation was a generation that answered the Great Commission; this first generation of the Born Again, the Redeemed Ones, who literally “turned the world upside down”. They were the first to answer the Call of God, the Call to “come unto me”. They were the first to know the One who spoke in a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19: 11,12), on a personal level. They were the first to be sent out into the world! They responded to the Holy Calling in Jesus, from Jesus, to Jesus.
Do you see your life as a life of privilege? Based on what? The external advantages? Or of hearing the Word of Life? If the later, may we take full advantage of this sublime blessing. May it overtake us, overshadow us, change us, affect us, live, and move and have its being in us! With privilege comes great responsibility.
God Bless you!