Jesus at the Center

Tim Brown

READ : Matthew 15:21-28

Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David.” (v. 22)

The Canaanite woman was caught in the crosshairs of Jesus’ steadfast love and mercy, and the implications are staggering. Jesus is a living commentary on Psalm 103: “But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him” (v. 17). The grace of Jesus is oceanic in its proportions and ought to shame both our myopic vision and puny reach. This story is in the Bible to remind us to make room for “Canaanites” in our crowded calendars!

Everyone seems to be mysteriously drawn to Jesus. The apostle Paul thought Christ Jesus is the magnetic center of all things: “He is before all things and in him all things hold together!” (Col. 1:17). It is reported that while in exile the fearsome French warlord Napoleon gave serious consideration to Jesus of Nazareth. In his journals he wrote this, “Everything in Christ astonishes me. His spirit overawes me, and his will confounds me. Between him and whoever else in the world there is no possible term of comparison. He is truly a being by himself.” The Canaanite woman would agree – and so do I!


Father, give us grace to resist whatever keeps us from being drawn by your Spirit to your Son. Amen.