What Jesus Did! 'The Joy of the Holy Spirit' — Luke 10:21

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Then the Holy Spirit made Jesus feel very happy. Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I praise you because you have hidden these things from the wise and smart people. But you have shown these things to people that are like little children. Yes, Father, you did this because this is what you really wanted to do."
— Luke 10:21
Illustration of Luke 10:21 — "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth."

Key Thought

Joy is the sign of the Spirit's presence (e.g., Rom. 14:17; Gal. 5:22; 1 Thes. 1:6). It was in Jesus' day and it is in our day. For Jesus, the basis of this joy has to do with God's plan to reveal his truth, grace, and hope to the childlike—not to those the world classifies as wise and clever. Understanding of God's truth is very much like spiritual joy; it is a gift from the Spirit's work in our lives.

Today's Prayer

Holy and loving Father, God all gracious, thank you for giving me your truth and your joy as gifts with the presence of your Spirit in my life. May I never take these gifts for granted! For all of your many blessings and all the varied nuances of your grace, I praise and thank you in Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then the Holy Spirit made Jesus feel very happy. Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I praise you because you have hidden these things from the wise and smart people. But you have shown these things to people that are like little children. Yes, Father, you did this because this is what you really wanted to do. "My Father has given me all things. No person knows who the Son is—only the Father knows. And only the Son knows who the Father is. The only people that will know about the Father are those people the Son chooses to tell." Then Jesus turned to his followers. They were there alone with him. Jesus said, "You are blessed to see the things you now see! I tell you, many prophets and kings wanted to see the things that you now see. But they did not see these things. And many prophets and kings wanted to hear the things that you now hear. But they did not hear these things."

Luke 10:21-24

Related Scripture Readings

Judas and Silas were also prophets. They said many things to help the brothers (believers) and make them stronger.

Acts 15:32

In the kingdom of God, eating and drinking are not important. In the kingdom of God, the important things are these: living right with God, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17

When we speak these things, we don't use words taught to us by the wisdom that men have. We use words taught to us by the Spirit. We use spiritual words to explain spiritual things. A person that is not spiritual does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. That person thinks that those things are foolish. That person cannot understand the things of the Spirit, because those things can only be judged spiritually. But the spiritual person is able to make judgments about all things. Other people cannot judge that person. {The Scriptures say,}

1 Corinthians 2:13-15

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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