BCL Grow: Blessed to See and Hear — Matthew 13:16-17
Matthew 13:16-17 (Revelation)
“But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” — Matthew 13:16-17
“Many children of God are even today living in spiritual poverty, though they are rich in Christ and heirs of the world, because they have not been taught to see the greatness and splendor of their spiritual heritage. If we do not want our children to live as paupers in spiritual penury and want while untold riches of grace and mercy are at their disposal, we must employ all the means at our command to unfold before their very eyes the treasures of divine grace of which they are heirs in Christ Jesus.” — Louis Berkhof & Cornelius Van Til, Foundations of Christian Education: Addresses to Teachers, p. 79.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: What does it mean that Christ Jesus said to his disciples that they were blessed to see and to hear what those who went before longed for, but did not see or hear?
2. Consider: Although the Old Testament believers were also saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus (see 1 Cor. 10:1-4; Gal. 3:6-9; Eph. 2:11-22; Heb 11:13), New Testament believers were blessed by God to have seen and heard the promised Savior, Christ Jesus, in the flesh. As heirs of God’s revelation of his Messiah, we are also blessed to have the full beauty of his redemption unfolded before us.
3. Respond: Be bold and brave to teach the beauty and wonders of Christ Jesus, especially to our children. Always set before others the splendor of God’s mighty acts of deliverance and care for his people. Teach others about Jesus—who he is, what he did, and what he has promised—love, forgiveness, mercy, new creation, and life eternal by faith in him.
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