[12/07/19] Jesus had two messages — one for the curious crowd of onlookers, and another for those who had committed themselves to follow and serve Him. ~ “But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And [their] sins be forgiven them’” (Mark 4.10-12).
Of course, the greatest of all treasures is God himself. Absolutely nothing in the universe compares to knowing Him who extended ~ “Los cielos como una cortina, los despliega como una tienda para morar” (Isaías 40.22). The Apostle Paul wrote ~ “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge… [attaining] to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ” (Colossians 2.3,2). God does not hide [purchase_link id=”8882″ text=”Purchase” style=”button” color=”blue”]himself from those who seek Him with a pure heart. He thoughtfully designed all of the marvels of the cosmos to be shared and enjoyed with His beloved children. The Prophet Jeremiah wrote ~ “Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty [man] glory in his might, Nor let the rich [man] glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I [am] the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD” (Jeremiah 9.23,24).
Each one must decide whether they want to remain close to the edge with the trivial superficial things that pertain to the multitude on the shore, or whether they want to launch out into the deep with the Master at the helm as their Sea Captain. ~ “So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5.1,4). There was one message for the beach crowd and another for the deep-water mariners. The spiritually immature children building sandcastles on the beach never noticed what happened while they were distracted, when Jesus “…said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch” (Luke 5.4).
Purchase Without Price
The message Jesus preached as Peter and Andrew navigated the sea winds into the deep waters was ever so richer, imparting to them anointing, spiritual gifts and revelation of the inward workings of the laws and nature of the Kingdom of Heaven. Hear the voice of the Spirit crying out in the wind to the disciples above the waves, saying ~ “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation. Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words: ‘How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge. Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you’” (Isaiah 55.1;12.3; Proverbs 1.20-22).
Launch into the Deep
To know Christ intimately and experience His divine works, one must be prepared to launch out into the deep things of God, to risk everything, to put everything into the mighty hands of the omnipotent and trust him. Hear the message of the Messiah as He preaches and the voice of the disciples as they respond ~ “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Filipenses 3.7,8; Lucas 14.33). There is no more need for ‘things’ when the Achitect of the heavens is at the helm of your boat. Jesus said, ~ “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking” (Luke 5.4,6). As fishermen, they were thrilled at the drought of fishes; however, the spiritual treasures they had secured that afternoon were not comparable to all of the gold of a thousand kingdoms. Until next time remember, God always “gives us the victory¹ through our Lord Jesus Christ!”
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
© L. Jonathan Blais 2021 All rights reserved. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.
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