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DWELLING ON JESUS

October 3, 2012

Wednesday

His Presence Could Not Be Kept Secret – Mark 7:24-30

24  And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

25  For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:

26  The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

27  But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

28  And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.

29  And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

30  And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

 

EXAMPLE

He who has a secret should not only hide it, but hide that he has it to hide.

– Thomas Carlyle

 

 

LESSON

Christ never can be hid. He can be in no place in this world very long and his presence not be recognized. There was no halo upon His features, as artists represent him in their pictures. Yet there must have been a glow of grace that revealed Him to sad and hungry hearts. The sweetness of the Savior’s life and love will always tell when He is near. When He enters a human heart He cannot be hidden, for soon His Spirit begins to breathe out in all the words, actions, and life of the new follower. When He enters a home he cannot long be hidden, for the home is changed. Worldliness, bitterness, and sin are exchanged for prayer, praise, a spirit of love and gentleness, then purity and holiness. When he enters a community He cannot remain concealed. Christ will always reveal His presence in this world.

The same is true also of faithful discipleship. A Christian cannot be hid. If the love of Christ is in his heart, people around him will soon know it. They will see it in his bearing, in his disposition, in the way he honors God, in the way he treats others.

Remember now that Jesus- would have no man know when He came to Tyre and Sidon. Yet a certain woman who was a Gentile by race and a mother by heart heard of him. She fell at His feet and begged Him to heal her daughter. In His mercy and grace, despite the fact that He wanted his arrival there to be a secret, He healed the Gentile woman’s daughter.

 

 

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