PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS


Matthew 12:
 19He will not quarrel or cry out;
      no one will hear his voice in the streets. 

The Messiah’s message would not be based on public displays of outrage.  To not be heard in the streets implies that He is in the house talking in normal voice.  We see the context of the gospel message here.  It is personal and most often spoken in private settings.

Jesus would not qualify to be a shock jock Christian radio host.  In all the gospels, there is no hint of defying Rome or tearing down the surrounding nationalities.  He did not speak out against taxes, militarism, immigration policies or the proliferation of false religions and cults.

There is however a consistent record of His defiance and proclamation against the religious leaders in the house of Israel.  But his voice of justice was proclaimed in the house.  He did not attract attention outside the house on the streets of Roman rule.  It was the religious leaders who brought his message from their house to the Roman government.

As his followers, we should proclaim in similar fashion.  The message inside the church is one of intervention, loving correction and righteousness. 

1 Peter 4:17
For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

The heavy conversations are held in the house.  So what about the neighbours?  Jesus described Himself as standing at everyone’s house door knocking.  If anyone lets Him in, he will come to their table and relate to them.  This message to the world is based on a mission of reconciliation.  Jesus does not arrive at the world’s door with a SWAT team.  The nations of the world will revere Jesus for the way he comes privately to broken and oppressed people. 

Many of the gifts of healing, deliverance and miracles happened in the context of a few people present; perhaps in someone’s house, synagogue or intimate setting.

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