Mark records this as a first miracle, but he doesn’t specifically say it was the first. The same emphasis Luke put on the ministry of Jesus in Acts 10:38, “healing all who were oppressed by the devil”. Note, we don’t have any statements about Jesus healing “ALL” that were lepers, or blind. But Jesus was truly interested in putting a priority on defeating the Devil in people’s lives. Early in His ministry, as Jesus was in a synagogue at Capernaum, a man possessed by a demon was present and began shouting “Why are You bothering us, Jesus of Nazareth – have You come to destroy us demons? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!” Jesus commanded the demon to say no more and to come out of the man. The evil spirit screamed and convulsed the man violently and left him. The news of this miracle spread quickly through the entire area of Galilee. A priority of Jesus was to protect God’s children, and instigating an offensive move against evil in the presence of His children at a Synagogue would show his love. Jesus was already working like the good chief Shepherd that he really is, even long before he proved himself to be the Lamb of God. The forces of evil knew the real identity of Jesus from Nazareth. Calling him “from Nazareth” would be an attempt to deface his real character in front of everyone at the Synagogue, but it was a desperate cheap shot, because the demon was forced to obey the rule of Jesus as God with us. We should be prepared to pray for people under attack and caught in sin, asking God to oust demonic forces away from them, Ephesians 6:10-18. Demons do exist, that is certain. The fact that demons knew the identity of Jesus is perhaps the biggest advantage evil spirits have over worldly people. Because if people don’t know who the real enemy is, then we are not going to see our need to be on the right side. Regardless of what you believe about demon possession, it is important to know who Jesus is. The miraculous power Jesus showed over demons is to build us up in our faith of who He is. These titles are directly related to being opposed to the prince of darkness.
The Light of the world, John 8:12.
The Holy One, John 6:69 & 17:11, Acts 3:14.
The I AM, John 8:58.
The Lord, Matthew 17:4.
The Way, The Truth & The Life, John 14:6 & Acts 3:15.The type of sin mentioned by Paul as being in the church, not known amongst pagans, was fornication between a son and his step-mother, 1st Corinthians 5:1. Sometimes we might see the most disgusting sins in the church, but notice it was not demon possession, back then or today! No where in the New Testament is demon possession mentioned in the church, because the power and presence of the Spirit would NOT ALLOW demon possession of Christians. He may allow us to wander into sins which are disgusting, but has not and will not allow demons to take us over, if we stay faithful, we always have the power of the resurrection and the power of free will in Christ, Revelation 22:11
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