Luke 10:23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
I. Inside Information concerning Satan – vs. 17-19
As a fallen angel, Satan set up his headquarters on earth.
He rebelled against God and coerced 1/3 of the angels in Heaven to rebel with him.
- Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
From that time, Satan became the archenemy of Almighty God.
In the Garden of Eden, Satan, in the form of a serpent, beguiled Eve and brought about the fall of man.
Also, from the Garden of Eden, God prophesied the final defeat of Satan.
- Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
God was referring to the day that the seed of the woman (Jesus) would defeat Satan on the cross.
When Jesus died and rose from the dead, He brought about defeat over the forces of Hell.
- Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
The Scripture gives us INSIDE INFORMATION on the ultimate demise of Satan.
- Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
- Revelation 20:1-3 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
- Revelation 20:7-10 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Here’s the problem – the world doesn’t know what we know.
The world wants to be on the winning team.
They think Satan’s team is going to win.
They think Satan and his forces will one day destroy God and God’s people.
They are not informed – they don’t know what we know!
- Here’s the INSIDE INFORMATION – Satan is no match for God.
- Here’s the INSIDE INFORMATION – Satan has no power over the child of God!
- Here’s the INSIDE INFORMATION – Satan is going to lose in the end!
- Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
II. Inside Information concerning the Sovereign – vs. 22
Jesus said this – No man knoweth who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him… vs. 22
The world does not know who God is.
They have the same attitude as Pharaoh when Moses approached him with the word of God.
- Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
Many in the world do not even believe there is a God.
They deny Him and they deny His works.
- II Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
But we have INSIDE INFORMATION!
- 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
- John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
III. Inside Information concerning the Savior – vs. 22b
- Matthew 16:13-17 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Jesus asked – “Who do men say that I, THE SON OF MAN am?
Peter said – “Thou art THE SON OF GOD.
- John 6:14, 15 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
The world had no problem recognizing Jesus as a PROPHET.
The world had no problem recognizing Jesus as a KING.
But it was completely lost on them that He was PRIEST!
We have INSIDE INFORMATION – Jesus is the Christ!!
He is more than a good man.
He is more than a prophet.
He is more than a miracle worker.
He is more than a religious leader.
He is the Christ – the Son of God.
I’m glad I know who Jesus is!!!
Conclusion: Jesus looked as his disciples and said PRIVATELY – Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Have you heard?
Have you seen?