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Humble Hero, Page 234

Not With Outward Show

This chapter is based on Luke 17:20-22.

More than three years had passed since John the Baptist gave the message, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Matthew 3:2. Many of those who rejected John and had opposed Jesus at every step were suggesting that His mission had failed.

Jesus answered, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation [“things that can be observed,” NRSV], nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” The kingdom of God begins in the heart. Do not expect earthly power to mark its coming.

“The days will come,” Jesus said, turning to His disciples, “when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.” You do not realize what a great privilege is now yours in having among you the One who is the Life and Light of humanity. You will look back with longing on the opportunities you now enjoy to walk and talk with the Son of God.

Not until after Christ’s ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit did the disciples fully appreciate the Savior’s character and mission. They began to realize that they had been in the very presence of the Lord of glory. See John 1:14. Their minds were opened to comprehend the prophecies and to understand the miracles He had performed. They were like people awakened from a dream. The disciples never tired of going over Christ’s words and works. His lessons now came as a fresh revelation. The Scriptures became a new book to them.

As the disciples searched the prophecies that testified about Christ, they came into fellowship with the Deity. They learned from Him who had ascended to heaven to complete the work He had begun on earth. With amazement they reread the prophetic descriptions of His character and work. How dimly had they understood the prophetic scriptures! Looking on Him as He walked as a Man among them, they had not understood the mystery of His incarnation. They did not fully recognize divinity in humanity. But after the Holy Spirit shed light into their minds, how they longed to see Him again! And how they wished they could have Him explain the Scriptures that they could not comprehend! What had Christ meant when He said, “I still

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