Mark 1:23-25 “And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.”
The synagogue of the day was an extension of the temple at Jerusalem. The Levites served in these synagogues to minster locally to all the people. Those present saw the events that took place regarding this man possessed by demons.
The authority by which Jesus spoke and the events that followed must have been quite a shock. It seems that the presence of one with an unclean spirit was not unusual. But to see someone that had the power to cast them out as Jesus did, fantastic.
To see a man possessed of devils confess as he did, must have been quite an eye-opening experience. What caught my attention was what he said:
“…Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.”
I can imagine being in church and seeing this unfold. Hearing this demon confess that Jesus is the Son of God would be astounding first, that he knew Jesus’ name, but also acknowledging His deity.
Sometimes I think Hollywood has stolen our ability to be in awe of God.
We see fantastical displays of technical wizardry grace our screens and see them portrayed as real. Then, when we view the reality of God’s nature and the beauty contained therein, we are unimpressed.
If we were to see a miracle, would we be in awe?
Today’s demonic activity is suppressed as a medical condition and treated with drugs instead of a spiritual problem where God is the solution. I am not advocating the dismissal of medical help whatsoever. I am introducing the spiritual aspect as a possible solution seldom considered.
When reading this passage, I wondered if Jesus were here today, would we pass Him off as another religious fanatic who uses parlor tricks and chicanery? Would we have faith enough to believe when others would seek to discount Him at every step?
The devil began his campaign in the garden and has not stopped. He has only gotten better at what he does. Yet, God’s children need not fear because we are protected and given provision promised in His Word.
1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Many will be preparing to minister this weekend. As we do, may we call upon the God of the impossible to aid us, but lead and guide us through this life’s murkiness. How do we share Christ in a world that refuses to believe? If we don’t put our faith on the line for all to see, how will they ever know?
Let us not just go through the motions of another Sunday with church attendance and fellowship. Let us go with a heart desperately wanting a genuine movement of God upon our church.
May this Sunday be one blessed with the precious presence of the Holy Spirit of God.