Jesus and his disciples traveled to Capernaum, a town in Galilee. On the Sabbath, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. And then things got a little freaky:
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 impure 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,” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!”
The impure 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 impure spirits and they obey him.”
News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
(Mark 1:21-28, NIV)
Wow. Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
Who exactly is Jesus?
Jesus unambiguously demonstrated his authority over both the physical and spiritual realms. The people were amazed and recognized that his words and actions were straight from the Heavenly Father unlike other so-called religious leaders. Even the demons proclaimed — with an exclamation point for emphasis — that he is “the Holy One of God!”
Note the simplicity of Jesus’ approach when he encounters the demons. Unlike Hollywood-ish depictions of exorcisms, Jesus doesn’t put on a big show and uses only six little words. The message is simple: Satan and his minions are no match for God.
What exactly do we do?
Our reaction should be no different than those who witnessed this scene. We should be absolutely amazed by Jesus and go spread the word.
We shouldn’t be surprised, however, if we encounter spiritual opposition along the way. But never ever forget that we’re never ever alone. Here are some awesome words to keep in mind:
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.
(Ephesians 6:12-13 NIV)
For more on God’s armor, click here.
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