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
(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
A. When the soul gets weary and the heart gets heavy, and you begin to seek
the Lord; He will not hide from you. You can find Him when you seek for Him.
Ill. Jesus is always waiting for you to make the first move and when you open
the door to your heart, He is ready to come in.
B. Every Christian faced an hour when they thought they couldnt go
any further, but at the cross they met Jesus. It was at the cross when we
first saw the light. It was at the cross when the burdens of our heart rolled
away. He didnt hide on the day of salvation!
C. Every believer who seeks Him will find Him Heb. 13:5.
II. Acts 4:13 HE CANNOT BE HID IN THOSE WHO FIND HIM
A. Salvation is like the measles, it breaks out all over a person.
Ill: Salvation makes a person look different, talk different, do different
and even smell different. (Ill. Salvation will change you 2 Cor. 5:17!)
B. When a person is saved, the Holy Spirit takes up an abode in the life and the world
takes note that they have been with Jesus. (Ill. You cant hide Him when He is on the
inside John 14:16.
C. Who would want to hide Him anyway?
III. Rev. 1:7 HE CANNOT BE HID FROM THOSE WHO REJECT HIM
A. A sinner may go through this life unconcerned, never seek the Lord, never
find Him and never care; but there will come a time when even the unbeliever shall see
Him. He will then bow before Him and acknowledge Him to be Lord.Ill. Paul said in
Philippians 2:9-11, that God has given His Son a name and at the Name, one day,
"Every knee should bow, every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord."
B. It will then be too late for the unbeliever. There will be no hiding in
C. Ill. Satan will get his due Rev. 20:10.
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.
Sermon By Alan Carr (Idea gleaned from Zeno Groce)