“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”
A note-worthy phrase here is “At that time”. We do not fully understand the times in which we live. Jesus’ answer was attached to timing. It must have been in response to a question, and it’s amazing to me that many times when I open the Word of God, I don’t know where to start. It does not take long for me to find that the book is full of the riches of God. Because of our limited knowledge, we relate to the Bible in chapters and verses whereas it is a book of life.
We live in a very dangerous time when people think they are wise and knowledgeable—an assumption that makes them want to correct the Bible when they are completely ignorant of how it came about. 2 Peter 1:21 says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The Holy Ghost moved! He was the driver. He moved holy men of God and they wrote. They did not even know what they were writing because they were responding to a move.
“And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?”
From prison, John told two of His followers to go and ask Jesus if He was the One that should come or if they should look for another. You cannot blame John. Jesus did not meet His expectations. Some believers think that Christianity is about having things go your way—when and how you want it. Because of this mindset, when things do not go the way they want, they begin to ask questions.
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see.”
People are tired; they want manifestation of the words they have heard. “Go and show John” was the answer Jesus gave those disciples. He referred them to Isaiah 29:18. What Jesus said goes beyond the usual peripheral gospel that we have known. He meant, “Go and tell John that you can see what Isaiah prophesied. Tell him the gospel is being fulfilled”. He touched the blind eyes and they saw, touched the lame and they walked.
The time when people will hear the full gospel has come. We, oftentimes, preach the gospel on the surface, but the mystery is now available. “Go and tell John what you see.” I’m here by miracle. I’ve not seen any blind man like myself. I’ve been in the church for years, seen pastors, choirs and money being donated. I saw everything going on but didn’t see spiritually. If you asked me how that service went, I would have said, “It was wonderful and fantastic!”
Can you not see the blind receiving their sight now? That gospel that centres on the workings of God by miracles is fading away, while the truth of Gospel, which touches and converts the soul, is emerging! Many people open their Bibles but don’t see anything. At the moment, if you announce that a blind man regained his sight physically, the congregation would clap and even donate money, but the man might slip into a greater darkness. That is not the type of message the church will be preaching henceforth!
What Jesus told the disciples of John to go and report to John was that a new era had arrived. The time when pastors would stand at the podium to speak about Politics with eloquence has passed. This time is not for that kind of gospel. Now, not only does the blind see, the lame also walks! In other words, Jesus was saying, “Go and tell John that those who could not walk in their souls are now walking; those whose souls were crippled are now walking. Even though John is in prison, it doesn’t matter. I allowed him to be in the prison so that he can witness these things”.
I am an example. Who could have imagined and believed that the soul of a village-boy like me could walk with God? I would shout “Hosanna” in time past, but I could not walk in my soul. If God opens your eyes to see the people sitting on the pews on Sundays, you will see many that are unclean. Now, however, there is total emancipation in the church. God is doing something within her. People are receiving the baptism of washing and their sins are being cast into the sea of forgetfulness.
This is the time to worship God in the beauty of His holiness. God’s people are being cleansed and washed. That is the company of God’s people that I belong to. Anything lesser than that will not do!
Jesus also said, “Go and tell John, the lepers cleansed” (Matt. 11:5). A leper cannot feel anything. This speaks of dead souls who are in the church. These are those who are not moved regardless of what is being preached. When I look at the young ones, many times, I see lepers. Some of them sing in the choir and are engaged in church activities, but thank God, now lepers are being cleansed. I thank God I see it happen in my own time. The time is coming when the kingdom of God will take over everything.
The deaf also hear. It’s no more the same music; this is a new creation. Whosoever comes to Jesus can understand this. I am a witness that the music is now changing. Jesus further said, “The dead are raised up”. Don’t be surprised that the church, oftentimes, is being used as “mortuary”, keeping dead people. We keep organising revivals for men who do not have life, whereas what a dead man needs first is to be made alive. Revival is secondary. Someone who is dead cannot respond to you no matter how loud you yell. In much the same way, they cannot respond to God.
“The gospel is being preached to the poor”, Jesus added. The poor are not those who lack money; rather, they are those who do not have the life of Jesus in them. The rich are not those who have money to buy houses, but those who have the life of Jesus. Such a possessor of money without Jesus is poor. If your soul does not have the light of Jesus, you are very poor. The money you give is unclean if you do not have the Light. How can God honour the gift of a dead man?
We misuse the word “blessing” a lot, and that makes us vulnerable, even though we are zealous. Possessing material things does not necessarily mean you are blessed. It’s good to prosper in material things, but I am presenting the Gospel of the new creation, so that sight can be restored, ears opened and legs strengthened. This gives us reason to rejoice!
Isaiah prophesied about this before now. Your soul needs to be saved and redeemed, because you have been in slave market for years. You have been poor but Jesus redeemed you and brought you back. You’re shouting ‘Hallelujah’ without fully understanding either what happened or what Jesus did. No one can comprehend this salvation. It has the ability to transform a useless man who had been condemned to go to hell into an oracle. Amazing Grace!
What then do we do?
Matthew 11:26-27: “Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.”
No one else other than God can help you, because He hid these things from the wise and prudent and the religious. Religion is our enemy! It goes as far painting Heaven as the hope and you will only think of going to Heaven whereas you do not even know the way. Some people are so comfortable with iniquity that it has become their habitation.
I perceive in my spirit and hereby say openly that this meeting is a spiritual hospital where eyes are opened, deaf ears are unlocked, a new heart is given and understanding is enlightened. It will happen in the twinkling of an eye, but won’t be the making of any man. The day it happened to me, I wondered what I had been doing as a Christian. I began to see the Gospel in a new dimension.
Jesus became us but we cannot become Him by our strength. He lived and died for us but we have no capacity of ourselves to live for Him. That is why He gave us redemption in our hearts. He said the Father has revealed this to babes and thanked Him for it.
The opening of the eyes of our hearts is a dimension the Father has reserved in His own sovereignty. Once this happens, we can see and understand the full gospel.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Jesus is implying that there is a storm in your soul. That’s why He called you to come. Even if we are ten thousand or a billion people, “Come” is the first step towards rest. The second step is “Take My yoke upon you”. From the natural standpoint, the Lord knows the meaning of yoke, because of the experience He had gathered at Joseph’s carpentry business. I can imagine Him saying during those times, “This one you are carrying is only stick and wood, why not come for the real yoke? When you take it, you begin to learn My way, for I am meek!” You might have been a Christian for years but you have to look for that rest and find it! That yoke is easy.
If your heart is not set on finding rest for your soul, you will be wasting your time. You have come to find rest. The first rest is a free gift, but the second one must be found by you. Do not think you are resting when you are not. There are certain things you have done and are still doing that deny you rest and show you have not died to self. The Lord does not give His image to those who have not been rid of self.
Jesus died and was buried to rise on the third day. The climax of my belief is death to self. If I am dead to self, I will not be pulled by whatever anyone says even when my reputation is being slandered. This is why Paul was so bold to say, “None of these things move me” (Acts 20:24).
Only dead men speak that way. The beauty of it, however, is that after death is resurrection. Another person will emerge in you at resurrection. The same Jesus Who was crucified on Friday was the same Person Mary could not recognize at resurrection, because of the new class and new level that He had attained by that operation of God. We still have a long way to go. The hardest part of Christianity is obedience, but grace will carry us.
When you take the yoke, you will begin to learn, though it is not easy. The answer to our many questions is with Jesus, because He alone has the answer. Note that you cannot initiate your death to self. It must be arranged for you by the Lord, and the extent of the death will be tested. A dead man cannot see nor can he hear. What do you see? What do you hear? What are you pursuing in this world? Jesus came to fulfil the gospel, so stop leaning on peripherals. Launch deeper to find that rest, and you can be sure Jesus will give it to you.