Mark – The Facts.
Celebrities work hard to be known. Then they work hard to escape the crowds who want to see them because of their accomplishments. Jesus became more than popular while He was here on earth. He became known quickly for touching the lives of many with various forms of healing. He sent the evil spirits packing. He gave the blind their sight, the lame their ability to get up and walk and the speechless the ability to speak. He couldn’t escape notice. His mission from the Father was to seek and to save lost people. Now people, ALL people, were seeking HIM…to be healed. Healing comes from believing.
Mark 7, The Message
24-26 From there Jesus set out for the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house there where he didn’t think he would be found, but he couldn’t escape notice. He was barely inside when a woman who had a disturbed daughter heard where he was. She came and knelt at his feet, begging for help. The woman was Greek, Syro-Phoenician by birth. She asked him to cure her daughter.
27 He said, “Stand in line and take your turn. The children get fed first. If there’s any left over, the dogs get it.”
28 She said, “Of course, Master. But don’t dogs under the table get scraps dropped by the children?”
29-30 Jesus was impressed. “You’re right! On your way! Your daughter is no longer disturbed. The demonic affliction is gone.” She went home and found her daughter relaxed on the bed, the torment gone for good.
31-35 Then he left the region of Tyre, went through Sidon back to Galilee Lake and over to the district of the Ten Towns. Some people brought a man who could neither hear nor speak and asked Jesus to lay a healing hand on him. He took the man off by himself, put his fingers in the man’s ears and some spit on the man’s tongue. Then Jesus looked up in prayer, groaned mightily, and commanded, “Ephphatha!—Open up!” And it happened. The man’s hearing was clear and his speech plain—just like that.
36-37 Jesus urged them to keep it quiet, but they talked it up all the more, beside themselves with excitement. “He’s done it all and done it well. He gives hearing to the deaf, speech to the speechless.”
Jesus…”He’s done it all and done it well.” He still does. He cannot escape notice in this world today.
For God so loved the world (all of us, not matter what nation we are born into) that He sent His Only Son (Jesus).
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” John 3:16, The Message
Dear Heavenly Father,
Because you taught your disciples well and sent them to continue to help people find and follow you, we are still in your care, seeking You. You cannot escape notice. You are in our lives, living in the depths of our souls, guiding us, comforting us, giving us peace in every storm, daily restoring the joy of our salvation, and being our strength and our song all day long and into the night. Help us help others find and follow You. Thank you, Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen