“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.” (Luke 10:21)
Jesus was indeed a “man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” (Isa. 53:3) But what caused this sorrow? Men’s despising and rejection of what He came to bring them in the Father’s Name. He came to His own and they didn’t receive Him. He wept over a Jerusalem that didn’t know the day of her visitation and what things were made for her peace.
But there was a “little flock” that heard His voice and followed Him. They recognized that His words were not His own, but those of the Father who sent Him. He was the stone that the builders rejected, but to these He and His words were precious. Oh how Jesus rejoiced when He found people with ears to hear and eyes to see! Discovering His sheep thrilled the Shepherd.
So it is with every good shepherd. How wonderful to find souls that are hungry for God; who don’t fight truth, but love it, even when it reproves them. They want to learn and grow and flourish in their relationship with God. They bring great joy to the heart of a minister of God, not because he has another person for his congregation, but because he has found one who is in tune with God.