Believers under the new covenant have vastly superior privileges to those under the old. Jesus commends John’s grace and gifts but contrasts his privileges with those of later believers (Luke 7.28). The weakest believer understands things, with the teaching of Paul this side of Calvary, that John the Baptist could never have explained. Truths which were seen through a glass, darkly, and now as plain as noon-day. The child who knows the story of the cross possesses a key to religious knowledge which patriarchs and prophets never enjoyed. Let us learn to be thankful for our privileges. – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), from a meditation on Luke 7.24-30.