Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth…” (Lk 10:21)


Lord Jesus, I’ve been savoring this image for the past few days, and I don’t want to leave it or lose it. You uttered this exultant declaration to our Father, as intense opposition to your mission was emerging, and the 72 disciples had returned rejoicing.

Stark contrasts and severe conflicts accompanied you all the way to your cross, where you offered this these last impassioned words, “Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit… It is finished.

What am I feeling, as I consider these two holy moments? Silencing awe… profound gratitude… a peace deeper than the diameter of the earth. Hallelujah…

There has never been any doubt in heaven about what would/will transpire on earth. For our God is the “Lord of heaven and earth.” Your Kingdom will come in fullness. Your will, will be done on earth, as is in heaven. Hallelujah… heaven and nature will sing in harmony forever. The issue isn’t “if,” but “when?”

Jesus, Luke 10:21 has quickly become an FVM—Favorite Verse of Mine. All three of you—one God in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit fellowshipping with joy, on the road to Calvary. No doubt, just costly love, runs through the history of redemption. Exultation, not consternation, has always filled the courts of eternity. Hallelujah… it’s why we now groan inwardly, and wait eagerly (Rom. 8:23). So Very Amen.