Friday, 01 January 2021

Title: “Have you taken time to be Alone with Jesus?”
By: Ps Cheng Cheung

Mark 4: 10 But when He was alone, . . . the twelve asked Him about the parable

In every perceptive and insightful play or drama, there is something which makes a member of the audience say ’Hey! that’s me !’ or even ‘Oh dear, is that me ? I didn’t know I was capable of that . . .’ The story and the character depicted becomes a mirror which produces self-realization and perhaps, reluctant admission of one’s blind spots.

Many of the stories and parables which the Lord Jesus told have precisely that effect. If we read the stories and parables carefully, we will often see ourselves. We will realize, deep down, there is a part of us that needs a lot of repair and realignment. This realization is important. It is the first step God uses to speak to us and deal with us. Thereafter, our spiritual eyes will be open into the heart and mind of God Himself. And they help us to better understand God and His ways.

4:10 And when he was alone, those around him together with the twelve began asking him about the parables.

He begins to teach us when He gets us absolutely alone. When the point of His teaching has had its impact on us, we will be totally speechless, unable to rebut or even to frame even one question in response. Dare we ask ”Why?” or ”Why me?” or ”Do you not know it hurts?”
The replies shout back. ” Why are you fearful? Do you not yet have faith? ”
” Hurt? I went to the cross for you, my child ”
The teaching has found its mark:
• He has shown you that you are racist.
• You lack compassion.
• He has exposed your hypocrisy.

If we do not go beyond asking such pitiful questions, the stubborn streak in us has not been tamed. There are huge areas of ignorance and infancy the Holy Spirit needs to reveal to each of us, but it can only be done when Jesus g͟e͟t͟s͟ u͟s͟ a͟l͟o͟n͟e͟.

As we journey with God, the sorrows and difficulties we experience in our spirits will be absolutely confusing: heartbreak, betrayal, disappointment, thwarted desires, emotional suffering, incurable illness. Even as I write this week, our family has experienced a deep sorrow which brings sadness, painful emotions and blankness.
Can words soothe? Can logic take away the hurt? ”It is God’s will” ”His ways are higher” sound trite and clichéd. The only one who truly understands us is God, because He formed our inward parts, and He wove us together in our mother’s womb. Only He can truly heal and bring us to that place where a man or woman will submit and conform to His purpose. This He will do when He is a͟l͟o͟n͟e͟ w͟i͟t͟h͟ y͟o͟u͟.

Verses 10 and 11 ”But when He was alone, . . He said to them, ’To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God’;”

So, all of us have the opportunity to know this profound mystery. It has been said it can be understood by those who possess the right ”key” ”The parable was like a doorway. Jesus’ listeners stood at the doorway and heard Him. If they were not interested, they stayed on the outside or walked away. But if they were interested, they could walk through the doorway and think about the truth behind the parable and what it meant to their lives.”

At the start of 2021, will you determine to set aside a fixed time to be with Jesus every day, without fail? Jesus cannot teach us anything until we set aside all our cleverness and worldly intellect and g͟e͟t͟ a͟l͟o͟n͟e͟ w͟i͟t͟h͟ H͟i͟m͟. Then He will teach us the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

He is willing to spend time with the willing. He will teach the poor in spirit. He will teach the meek, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. He will teach the merciful and the pure in heart. And of course, He will teach those who mourn because they realize how wretched they are and undeserving of God’s grace. These are “the keys” to know the mystery of the kingdom of God

Prayer for Today

Gracious God and Heavenly Father, thank you for a new year, a new start. Give me the inner desire to come away alone with You daily, deny myself, take up my cross and follow you.

Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

¹ Enduring Word Bible Commentary, Mark Chapter 4



在每一部有见地的戏剧中,都有一种东西能让观众们说“嘿!那是我!” 甚至 “哦,天哪,那是我吗?我不知道我有这个能力“。其所描绘的故事和人物成为一面镜子,让人们认识自我,也许,勉强承认自己的盲点。













¹ Enduring Word Bible Commentary, Mark Chapter 4