Thursday, November 10, 2011

Words in Red (3)

They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!" 
"Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of him!" 
The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What is this? A new teaching--and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him." News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee. 
Mark 1:21-28

Jesus’ third statement in the Gospel of Mark was addressed to an evil spirit.  This evil spirit had recognized Jesus and gave testimony to Jesus’ identity.  Jesus would not accept the witness of this demon.  Jesus came to confront and defeat the enemy, so he told the spirit to be quiet and then commanded the spirit to leave the man. 

Whenever God is at work, the enemy is running opposition.  Jesus battled the enemy throughout His ministry and it is important to note that Jesus ALWAYS won. Whether it be overcoming a temptation or casting out a demon, Jesus was always victorious! The crowds marveled at His power.  These incidents are just a foreshadowing Jesus ultimate triumph over Satan and sin.  While believers still battle the enemy today, always remember the good news that Christ’s victory is our victory!

Each Thursday at 7PM I am teaching The Life of Christ class in the sanctuary at Christian Life Church.  Nursery and children's ministry is available.  All are welcome to attend.  In fact, why don’t you invite someone to come to class with you?