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Today’s Passage: Luke 10
Here we go, clawing our way out of the hole, it’s Luke 10! Let’s write this thing!
Right away, I can’t help but notice two parallel segments on either side of the transfiguration, scenes in which Jesus dispatches groups of disciples to spread word about his ministry and message. Before the transfiguration, Jesus sends out his twelve apostles to minister from village to village. After the transfiguration, he sends out seventy disciples, buddy-system-style. A switch has been flipped. The kingdom is advancing.
After the seventy return, having healed the sick and cast out demons and spread the gospel, Jesus gives them an odd sort of congratulations (“I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning?” (18) What does he mean by that?), then says a prayer to God. He ends the prayer with a line addressed to the disciples: “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (22). And honestly, although Luke is among the synoptic gospels, these statements would be right at home in the gospel of John. It’s overtly theological, it requires some thought to parse its meaning, and it concerns the relationship between the Father and the Son–all focuses of John’s narrative.
So what exactly is he saying? First, there’s the peculiar assertion that no one knows who the Son is except the Father. I can imagine the twelve apostles growing puzzled or even angry at that statement. They’ve been following him and devoting themselves to learning his teachings, pursuing the way of their master, and he says not even they know who he is? Oddly enough, the three disciples closest to him–Peter, James, and John–might have been the least surprised at the notion that not even they truly know him. They’d seen the transfiguration. They knew there was more going on here than they had half a clue about.
Second, the Son is the vehicle of revelation for the Father. The Son shows the Father to those whom he wishes. I don’t have much to dig out of this statement here, but to put it simply, if you want to know God, look to Jesus. Jesus’ teaching and life reveal what God is like. In fact, since we mentioned it before, let’s jump into John for an example: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). What sort of Father is God? The sort who would give his own Son to save the world.
We’ve still got more hole to claw out of, so we’re pressing onward into Luke 11. In doing so, we are hurrying over the scene in which Martha, the epitome of hurry, is urged to slow down and take time to listen to Jesus’ teaching like her sister Mary. To be certain, the irony is not lost on me.