“And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden.” - Mark 7:24
It is hard to hide when you are a movie star, a famous performer, or even a beloved (or not so beloved) politician. Powerful people draw people to themselves. Our world loves stardom! The world of Jesus was not so different from ours today in this sense. They also were drawn to power and prestige. In that day, there were great kings, great war heroes, and many, many politicians. All vied for control and influence over the people.
And then there was Jesus, an ordinary man from the simple and not-so-admired town of Nazareth. There was nothing about the appearance of Jesus that would draw you to him. He certainly didn’t look like a movie star, nor did he dress as one of the great kings or politicians of his day. Yet, there was something about his presence that drew crowds everywhere he went. There was something about the way he talked and taught the people. His words had power and authority that set him apart from others in the synagogues. There were also the many reports of the healing power of Jesus, healing power that came even through his garments, his words, or his simple touch.
Despite his humble appearance and circumstances, Jesus was anything but ordinary. He was a man of great power, influence, and love. Who else had ever broken bread to feed the multitudes or healed even from a distance? Who else could drive out demons and bring the dead back to life? There was no other like Jesus. He offended many leaders of his day while he drew crowds like no other teacher of his day. Because of this, Jesus could not be hidden. When he came to town, word circulated. People either got excited or they became provoked. Whatever the reaction, they flocked to hear and to see this man called Jesus.
We know that it was the fame of Jesus that ultimately led to the religious and political leaders to seek his death. Those who thought they could bring forth Jesus’ destruction actually brought forth the will of God. The fame of Jesus would spread even more after his death and resurrection. More and more people would hear of his salvific work and more and more of those people would come to believe. Thus, the church exists and flourishes throughout the world today.
Jesus could not be hidden during his earthly life, and Jesus cannot be hidden today. He is the Light of the World. He is the way to the Father which leads us to consider the question, do we share the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ openly, or do we keep it hidden or tucked away for our safe people and safe places? The story of Jesus Christ will be told. You are called to tell who Jesus is and what he has done in your life. You can share the great story of Jesus Christ, or if you don’t, “the very stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).
Do you hide Jesus or share him openly to the world? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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