DayBreaks for 01/28/15 – Jesus, Demons and God’s Design for Us
In Mark 5, Jesus encounters Legion – and the man that was possessed by Legion. Interestingly, that man with the unclean spirit (or at least Legion!) understood who Jesus was better than anyone else Jesus had encountered in the gospel up until that point in time. This poor man was on the very margins of society and perhaps even beyond the margins of sanity, but make no mistake – he knows exactly who Jesus is. Even the disciples don’t figure it out until Mark 8, when Peter says, “You are the messiah, the one sent by God.” This man of unclean spirit is way ahead of everyone, and he wants to know, in essence, “What are you going to do with people like me? Are you going to destroy us?”
“Be silent and come out of him!” Jesus commands. And then the man convulses and cries out loudly and the unclean spirit leaves him. I’ve had some interesting discussions about spirits with other Christians, and while I may not fully understand what an unclean spirit is, it is clear that Jesus believed in them – and I am impressed with Jesus’ power over them! Mark’s gospel still hasn’t told us a thing about what Jesus taught, but he has showed us that Jesus had a power over things that people label as unclean.
I believe Mark is making this point: that God’s will and purpose as present in Jesus is engaging and fighting against all the purposes of evil that exist among humanity. This battle is not fought just at the highest levels of government or industry, but right in the middle of common folk like us. The battle of good versus evil, right versus wrong, life versus death even happens amidst the people who are gathered for worship.
Christ came to shatter all the domineering designs and forces that shackle people to lower standards for life than God intends for us. Christ has come to free us not just from real demons like Legion, but also from demons like prejudice and pride, greed and guile.
Christ is among us, whenever we gather in church, to demonstrate a power among us. If we devote ourselves to anything less than a divinely directed destiny, we have missed the goal of faith.
PRAYER: Help us to see, understand and grasp by faith all that You intend for us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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