Reveal the Secret

It’s interesting that from the Parable of the Sower, Mark (the writer of the 2nd gospel in the New Testament) gathers three other parables: Lamp on a Stand, Growing Seed, and the Mustard Seed (Mark 4).  During the next three Sunday’s services, we will look at each of these parables and ask ourselves, “What do each of them reveal about this Kingdom of God to which Jesus invites us?”

First, let us consider Mark 4:21-25.  Jesus not only wanted to teach, but encourage us to remove what from under “a bowl” or “bed?”  What secret does the light signify?  What happens if we don’t?  How does this relate to the Kingdom of God?  I look forward to seeing you Sunday.  Be safe in the snow!

Mark 4:21-25 

<Jesus> said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

One thought on “Reveal the Secret

  1. If there was ever a time that our world needed authentic Christ followers to “Shine” it is now. We need to place our lives on a stand, not just theological speach or righteous postering; but our world needs to see we are changing our way of living… from the harsh “its-about-me” life to “its-how-God” wants me to live.

    So it’s time to Shine!

    Shine – Trust in Christ & His Teaching (by doing what the Scriptures say)
    Shine – Faith that God forgives because Christ was crucified (Someone actually paid the price
    for our God-less living)
    Shine – Evidence that you live a second-chance (May we not turn back to a life
    that no longer considers God)
    Shine – Love for those in darkness (Love is self-sacrificing just like Jesus)
    Shine – Hope for those looking for the path (Everyone is looking for abundant life…
    Live the Christ Alternative)
    Shine – Peace for those who are shining
    (There is no room for harboring ill-will
    between Christ followers…
    take care of it according to Matthew18)
    Shine – Joy for Kingdom is now (If we are merely living for the Kingdom
    of Heaven when we die we miss God’s point
    through Christ… Living under God gracious
    rule begins when you decide to follow! )

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