MATTHEW 11:27: “My Father has turned everything over to me. Only the Father knows the Son. And no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son is willing to reveal him.” (GW)

OBSERVATION: Who does God reveal Himself to? There are multitudes who are seeking God each day. Thousands bow their knees in prayer, visit temples, burn incense, recite chants, and meditate upon nature in order to “find” God. But out of all these people – Who does God reveal Himself to?

Matthew 11:27 is the meat of the sandwich with regards to this question, but it is not the entire sandwich. The answer to this question is in the verses that both precede and follow this verse. There are three insights that we can glean from these verses that will help us answer the question – Who does God reveal Himself to?

In Matthew 11:27 we discover that God does not reveal Himself, He has turned over everything to Jesus, His only begotten Son. It is Jesus who reveals God to those that He is willing to reveal Him. There is no ladder to God, no 12 steps, no religious ritual that leads us to the knowledge of God. The knowledge of God is a gift of revelation given by Jesus Christ and through Jesus Christ, who is God in human flesh.

If we are not seeking Jesus Christ, then we will never have a revelation of God!

So, who is Jesus willing to reveal the Father to? This is the bread of the sandwich. Without bread you do not have a sandwich, and without these two important truths you will never see God. They are found in the verses preceding verse 27 and the verses following.

  • “At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from wise and intelligent people and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:25-26‬ ‭GW‬‬)

A revelation of God does not come from human wisdom or understanding. It is not found in achieving a certain level of spiritual understanding, or in the increase of religious service. Martin Luther tried to “find God” through religious service. He would beat himself on the back with a cord to atone for his sins. He would fast and deprive himself of comforts to humble himself and make himself worthy of receiving revelation. All of these efforts proved worthless and only led him to greater guilt and shame. That was until he read these words – “The just shall live by faith!” It was then that, in childlike faith, his eyes were opened. Jesus said,

  • “I can guarantee this truth: Whoever doesn’t receive the kingdom of God as a little child receives it will never enter it.” (‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:15‬ ‭GW‬‬)

A revelation of God only comes when we are willing to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. As long as we continue to try and live our life in our own strength, as long as we try to be the lord of our own lives, we will never “see” God. It is only when we make Jesus Christ the center of our lives, the Lord of our lives, that our eyes are opened to “see” God.

  • “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭GW‬‬)

So, who is the person to whom Jesus Christ is willing to reveal the Father to? It is the person who is willing to stop relying on their own understanding, and to stop striving in their own human strength. To the humble, hungry, and surrendered heart – Jesus Christ reveals the Father and the Kingdom of God. This is the heart that is “Born Again” and filled with the Holy Spirit. Without this man is left to an endless and empty pursuit of religion that simply takes him farther and farther away from the very thing that he is seeking!

Lord, this morning I recognize my deep need for You! I ask you to forgive me for the times that I have trusted and leaned upon my own human understanding. This morning I choose, by the gift of Your Grace, to trust fully in You! I run to you in childlike faith and lay my burdens down at the foot of Your Cross. Place Your yoke upon me, teach me, lead me, and reveal the Father to me!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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