The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
Christ's apparent delays are only the maturings of time — the ripenings of opportunity. He will come, not when impatient men think best, but when His wisdom determines: neither too soon nor too late.
I. WHERE CHRIST IS DESIRED CHRIST COMES. He visits with equal readiness every willing heart. In penitent and submissive natures He finds His favourite haunts.
II. Christ's presence in the house CANNOT BE CONCEALED. Holy influences emanate from Him, freely as light from the sun.
III. CHRIST BINDS TOGETHER ALL CLASSES.
IV. HUMAN LIMITS ARE TOO NARROW FOR CHRIST'S KINGDOM. God's plans are expansive; let us beware of trying to contract them. We must enlarge our ideas, until they are commensurate with God's truth; we must enlarge our sympathies until they embrace every human need.
V. CHRIST IMPROVES EVERY OCCASION. Whatever is needed, He is ready to supply. Each individual in that crowd had some special want, but not one was making special application. But Christ could not be idle. His business was to minister. If they did not want a word of healing, they all wanted a word of instruction.
(D. Davies, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;