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Mark 7:24 JESUS CANNOT BE HID
Introduction: This chapter contains one message and two miracles. The message was to the Pharisees about outward signs of religion while inwardly there was defilement. The first miracle was the healing of the daughter of the Syrophenician woman, and the second was the opening of the ears of a deaf man. All of this brought forth a response, which is recorded, in verse 37. "And were beyond measure astonished, saying He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak." Our Lord has done all things well.
(1) His Creation Was Done Well.
(2) His Salvation Was Done Well.
(3) His Revelation Was Done Well.
It is no wonder that the Scripture says of Him, "He could not be hid." After His message to the Scribes and Pharisees He departed from them and went down to the borders of Tyre and Sidon. He entered a certain house to get away from the multitude, but the Word says, "He could not be hid." From His coming into the world, His life could never be hid.
(1) At His Birth He Could Not Be Hid
God put out a special star over Bethlehem the night He was born, and a group of angels announced the event to a group of lowly shepherds on the hills of Judah. A heavenly chorus began to sing, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
(2) At His Presentation He Could Not Be Hid
When the days were fulfilled, Mary brought Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord as the Law of Moses commanded. In the temple was an old man named Simeon. The Holy Ghost had revealed to him that he would not see death until he had seen the Lords Christ. When Simeon saw Jesus, he took Him in his arms and blessed God, and said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy work: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation."
(3) At His Baptism He Could Not Be Hid
John had preached of the One that would come after him, whose shoe latches he wasnt worthy to unloosen, and the day Jesus appeared, John lifted up his hand and said, "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world." When John baptized Jesus, the heavens opened and Spirit descended in the form of a dove upon Jesus and a voice said, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."
(4) In His Earthly Ministry He Could Not Be Hid
Oft times Jesus would grow weary and tired. He would steal away to rest, but He could not hide. Our text reveals this. "He could not be hid."
(5) At His Crucifixion He Could Not Be Hid
Though the world denied Him as Lord, all creation revealed that He was the Son of God. The sun refused to shine, the moon gave no light. The earth trembled and the rocks split asunder. He was lifted, openly, publicly between heaven and earth.
(6) At His Burial He Could Not Be Hid
They placed His body in a borrowed tomb and placed a great stone at the door. The Roman soldiers determined to hide Him for good. They placed a Roman seal on the door; but when it was time for the Scriptures to be fulfilled, He came forth. Death, hell nor the grave could not hide Him.
I want to give you three things about our Lord today in reference to this Scripture. "He could not be hid."
I. Jer. 29:13 HE CANNOT BE HID FROM THOSE WHO SEEK HIM
II. Acts 4:13 HE CANNOT BE HID IN THOSE WHO FIND HIM
III. Rev. 1:7 HE CANNOT BE HID FROM THOSE WHO REJECT HIM
Conc: Thank God for a Savior who cannot be hidden. (Ill. The childhood game of Hide and Seek) Arent you glad you dont have to play games with God? He isnt hiding, He is waiting with open arms to receive you and all your baggage. If you need Him, you can find Him tonight Pro. 8:17
(Idea gleaned from Zeno Groce)