(Matthew 1:1-6; Mark 11:1-6)
Suggested further reading: John 21:15-17
Our Lord Jesus Christ has perfect knowledge. We see him
sending two of his disciples to a village and telling them what they will
find and where, what they will see and hear, with as much confidence
as if the whole transaction had been previously arranged. In short,
he speaks like one to whom all things are naked and open, like
one whose eyes are in every place, like one who knew things unseen
as well as seen.
An attentive reader will observe the same thing in other parts
of the Gospel. We are told in one place that he knew the thoughts of
his enemies (Matt. 12:25). We are told in another that he knew
what was in a man (John 2:25). Yet again he knew which of them
believed and who would betray him from the beginning (John 6:64).
Knowledge like this is a peculiar attribute of God. Passages like this
are meant to remind us that the man Christ Jesus is not only man. He
is also God blessed for ever (Rom. 9:5).
The thought of Christ's perfect knowledge should alarm
sinners and awaken them to repentance. The great Head of the church
knows them and all their doings. The Judge of all sees them continually
and marks down all their ways. There is no darkness where the
workers of iniquity can hide themselves (Job 34:22). If they go into the
secret room, the eyes of Christ are there. If they privately scheme
villainy and plot wickedness, Christ knows it and observes it. If they
speak secretly against the righteous, Christ hears. They Maydeceive
men all their life long but they cannot deceive Christ. A day comes
when God judges their secrets (Rom. 2:16).
The thought of Christ's perfect knowledge should comfort
all true-hearted Christians and quicken them to increased diligence
in good works. The Master's eye is always upon them. He knows
where they live, what are their daily trials and who are their
companions. There is not a word in their mouths or a thought in their hearts
but Jesus knows it completely. Let them take comfort and courage.
He knows (John 21:17).
For meditation: His knowledge encompasses everything. His
sovereignty controls it all. Yesterday, today and tomorrow are
safe with him.