Saturday, January 28, 2012
Mark 1:21-28 Jesus is the Holy One of God
Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are?the Holy One of God!"
Jesus rebuked him and said,
"Quiet! Come out of him!"
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
"What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him."
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.
In this passage, we see that Jesus is about to be trapped by the unclean spirit. In this time period, if a spirit knew your name it had control over you. But here, the opposite happens. Jesus is able to purify the unclean spirit even though it knew him. It is very interesting that it is the unclean spirit who reveals Jesus' true relationship with God and not one of his disciples.