|At that time Jesus answered and said, I extol You, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.|
The Lord acknowledged the Father’s way in carrying out His economy with praise. Although people, instead of responding to His ministry, slandered Him (vv. 16-19), and the leading cities rejected Him (vv. 20-24), He praised the Father, acknowledging the Father’s will. He did not seek prosperity in His work, but He sought the Father’s will. He would be satisfied and rest, not in man’s understanding and welcome, but in the Father’s knowing (vv. 26-27). Christ believed that the cities’ rejection of Him was of the Father. What about our situation today? When we are rejected, opposed, criticized, attacked, and condemned, could we praise the Father?