From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden.
Does word get out when Jesus is around today? I’m not talking literally – Second Coming and all that – but more figuratively. Do people know that Jesus is in your home? Do they come to Him through you?
In today’s verse, we find that at this point in His ministry, Jesus had already developed quite a following, and people were constantly assailng Him with requests for healing. On His trip to Tyre, Jesus attempted to “lay low,” but He was not able. His reputation, His very presence preceded Him.
Of course, that was not always so. As a child, three kings from the east followed a star to find the town where He was, and even then they had to ask for directions once they got there. (Matthew 2:1-2) When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and Mary lost track of Him and searched all over to find Him. They finally found Him in the temple. (Luke 2:41-50) Even after beginning His ministry, in His own home town of Nazareth, He was rejected and ignored. (Mark 6:1-6) Eventually, after several more miracles, He travelled to the very edge of Palestine, but there He could not hide from those who truly sought Him.
Did Jesus really travel to Tyre to hide? No, He knew He would be found, and He knew the message that He would speak there. Jesus knew that the Father would be glorified, and for the sake of the people watching, He hid so that only those who truly needed Him would find Him. That really is the nature of God: hidden in plain sight, seen by those who want to see Him, invisible to those who don’t.
But I come back to that question: Do people know that Jesus is in your home? I’m not talking about crosses on the walls, fish-shaped bumper stickers, “Jesus rocks” t-shirts, nor even about the outward trappings of religion (church attendance, alms-giving, charity work, etc.). Do people feel His PRESENCE when they get to know you? Do people know you are a Christian before you tell them?
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Please, note that Jesus does not say that it is our preaching of the gospel that brings glory to God. Nor is it our personal piety that brings Him glory. No, it is the light of Christ shining out of our house, pouring out the windows and open doors through the good works we do. We glorify God the Father through the fruit of our faith, not through the outward show of religious fervor.
The presence of Jesus in that house in Tyre could not be hidden because His works were known to so many. His reputation as a healer and prophet brought glory to God, and it prepared people to hear His message. And yet, despite the power evident in Him, despite the plain presence of God in His many miracles and healings, many still chose not to see Him. So, when Jesus tried to hide in Tyre, He wasn’t thronged by a huge crowd, He was only worshipped by one pagan Greek woman who sought healing for her daughter.
In our lives today, let us let His presence be known. Let Jesus shine forth in our lives in such a way that, although we may never speak His name, His power is known through us. Yes, we should preach the gospel when opportunity arises, but more importantly we should BE the gospel. We should live such Christ-filled lives that we could not hide His Spirit even if we tried.
Glorious Father in heaven, I see Your presence all around me, and I know You because of the fruit of great faith I have seen. I pray, Father God, that my own life will shine forth every day with Your presence. Give me the wisdom and strength to glorify You in all I do. Amen.