The disciples were greatly blessed for they lived in the time when Jesus walked the earth. They saw the things he did and heard the gospel from his mouth. They saw the miracles, the healings, the casting out of demons and many other things that were never written down for posterity.
The people of the time saw all of these things too. And yet they rejected him and put him to death. They could not or would not see what was blindingly obvious; that they were in the presence of the Messiah, the Son of God.
The Great Blessing
Although we cannot see Jesus as they did, we have their testimony as to the life and teachings of the Lord. Just as it was a great blessing to those disciples, it is equally a blessing to us to have this knowledge.
Many of the old prophets longed to see the days of the Lord for they knew He was coming. As Jesus said in this section of scripture, “For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (Verse 23)
Seeing with our Spirit
But we have their testimony and we can see what they saw. Perhaps not with the eyes of our bodies, but certainly with the eyes of our hearts and our spirits.
We have the great blessing that those old kings and prophets did not have for we have access to Jesus through the teachings of the New Covenant and the Holy Spirit. Unlike those old people of God we can receive the Holy Spirit as our personal counsellor, teacher, guide and protector.
Through Jesus and the working of the Holy Spirit we can have a full revelation of the grace of God and have our lives transformed into the image of Christ.
So as we see that the disciples were greatly blessed to see the days of the Lord, we too are blessed to receive the abundance offered from and through his coming. We can stand before God with a clear conscience through the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and this was not something that was available to the old prophets and kings.
So as the disciples in Jesus’ time were blessed, we too should thank the Lord for the gospel, the truth and the work the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives so that we can be like him.