“And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: but when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it. And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it. But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.”—Mark 4:30-34

The Apostle John wrote, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.’ Without doubt, these two sentences are amongst the highest and most profound statements ever penned.

But it does not stop there, John continues, ‘All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.’

These few verses from the start of John’s Gospel reveal the extent and depth of that apostle’s insight and knowledge of God, mankind, the world around us, and the great struggle between light and darkness. Where did a Galilean fisherman get such wisdom and understanding?

We are not left without an answer. Mark tells us this wisdom is divine wisdom, personally taught by the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples, of whom John was one. Indeed, we learn from Mark, and John, that the Lord Jesus was the Light who expressly came to reveal divine truth.

His purpose was to build a spiritual kingdom; the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of heaven, here on earth and He did so by calling and teaching twelve students who in turn took the gospel of their Master to the ends of the earth. Mark tells us how, for that same purpose, in private, intimate sessions, ‘when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples’.

That God in Christ should come to earth and expound ‘all things’ is a detail we should not lightly pass over. I am frequently amazed at the ease with which scripture writers under the guidance of the Holy Spirit make the most astonishing statements in so matter-of-fact ways.

Our Lord Jesus Christ ‘expounded all things’ to His disciples when they were alone. He declared the ‘whole counsel of God’. This was His message, His gospel. He told them, ‘For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.’

What a Teacher! What a Preacher! What a setter forth of truth we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter could say to Jesus, ‘thou hast the words of eternal life’. If that is true, and we believe it is, then Peter is right, to whom else shall we go? Where else shall we look? We should be as those who said, ‘Sir, we would see Jesus’. Oh, that God would give me eyes to see Jesus, and ears to hear my Saviour’s words, and wisdom to understand His message.

Do you see the process? Jesus ‘expounded all things’ to His disciples. The disciples then carried this message to others, where it was declared with power and believed on in the world, and the Kingdom of God amongst men was gathered and enlarged.

This gathering out of the world a chosen people, redeemed by blood and saved by grace was no happy accident but the whole purpose of Christ’s coming, and the object of His ministry from the very start. “Upon this rock’, He said, ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’

Peter Meney



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