Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said,
“Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.”
At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said,
O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.
Jesus gave thanks to His Father twice in the gospels. Now let us study the first one when He gave life to the dead body of Lazarus. He looked up to heaven for all good things come from above. Supernatural things are above and beyond our mental capacity to comprehend the wonders of wonder of our Father in heaven.
Jesus thanked His Father God for hearing all He says. The Father always wanted to hear every word He says and Jesus was thankful for that. We can see how important the words of Christ are. Every word had passed God’s approval. His word is guaranteed worth hearing, his words are life and spirit, nothing was spoken meaningless. We thank the Lord for His words.
The second one was when Jesus was filled joy of the Holy Spirit. He gave thanks to His Father for hiding the truth from those who think they are wise and clever but are not. Researchers and biblical scholars would find the truth about the existence of the historical CHRIST. The atheists will never, never find God for He is hiding from them. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Jesus thanked His Father for doing His way, revealing the truth to the babes, childlike individuals who believe and do the things they heard from CHRIST. The disciples are followers of words of their master and lord Jesus Christ. Conscious revelation are given only to those hungry hearts and desperate souls, searching for truth. We thank our Father in Christ Jesus for preserving the words of Christ throughout the past generation. We feast upon His words on this thanksgiving holiday.