Mark 1: Overcoming Evil
We have now entered the book of Mark which most believe is the first gospel to of been written probably around 60 A.D. if not before. Being the earliest gospel, sometimes Mark is not as a theologically deep as Matthew, Luke or John. However, even right from the beginning in chapter 1, we get some interesting implications of what was established about Jesus early in His ministry.
Mar 1:32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
Mar 1:33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
Mar 1:34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
I want to focus on the final verse. The devils knew who Jesus was. They knew that He was there with immense power. They knew that they were no match for Him, and they knew that they did not even have the authority to speak when Jesus eliminated them.
That ought to be empowering than for those of us who are on the side of Jesus Christ. It is certainly not because of who we are. It is certainly not because the forces of evil are afraid of you or me. Rather, we follow the One who is more powerful than all of the forces of evil put together.
I think about a world where it seems like we often times live on the defensive. We focus on the things that can go wrong, or we focus on how it seems like our world is falling apart. Certainly, things can go wrong, and I do believe that our world is morally falling apart, but we also know that we serve the One who all the demons know and are afraid to speak to. Evil trembles before Jesus Christ, and we can do all things through Christ. God’s will is going to be done regardless of what evil forces do. We don’t need to live on the defensive.