Jesus was a man who was rarely alone.
Right from the get-go in Mark, as Jesus is just beginning His public ministry and gathering His disciples, we read of His crowd appeal.
1:32-33 That evening at sundown they brought all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
1:35-37 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed. And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him, and they found Him and said to Him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
1:45 But he [the healed leper] went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to Him from every quarter.
For most of these people, the appeal was selfish. Whether it was the promise of physical healing or the chance to see something spectacular (can’t you just hear people bragging about being in the crowd when Jesus sent a herd of pigs rushing all demon-crazed down a hill and into the sea?), wherever Jesus went, people were desperate to be near Him.
6:54-56 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized Him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard He was. And wherever He came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored Him that they might touch even the fringe of His garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
But Jesus kept moving on to the next place and kept seeking time alone. I was struck by this little part of chapter 7, verse 24:
And from there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet He could not be hidden.
Jesus could NOT be hidden. Another version says “He could not escape notice.” Let that soak in for a little bit.
The One whom Isaiah says “had no form or majesty that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him,” was pursued fanatically and INSTANTLY recognizable to those who were desperate for healing.
Are we allowing Him to be instantly recognizable to those in need of healing today? Would people say that Jesus is evident in our words, our actions, our countenance? If we are in His presence, then Jesus cannot be hidden or escape the notice of those we are serving.