Unlimited: Power at Sunset
Oct 13, 2020 1411
That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door,and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was (Mark 1:32-34).
Jesus is in Capernaum on the Sabbath day. He taught in the synagogue where he healed a demon-possessed man. Afterward he went to Simon Peter’s house, where he healed his mother-in-law. And now, at the end of the day, the action heats up.
Because it was the Sabbath, the people waited until after sunset to come to see Jesus. And when they came, they brought their family and friends who were sick and demon-possessed. In fact, Mark says that Jesus cast out many demons.
Earlier in the chapter, when Jesus had cast an evil spirit out of a man in the synagogue, the evil spirit had publicly screamed out Jesus’ identity. So, now Jesus wouldn’t allow the demons to speak at all because they knew who he was.
The time hadn’t yet come for Jesus to reveal publicly who he was. Because when he did, he knew that his enemies would be out to kill him. He still had much to do.
It’s interesting that when the demons wanted to identify Jesus publicly, they were only speaking the truth. But Jesus silenced them.
The devil speaks to us as well. And the things that he says aren’t always total lies. Sometimes they’re true.
Like when he whispers to you that you are a sinner, that you are unworthy, that there’s no reason for God to possibly love you. This is true, but there’s a greater truth.
Because of Calvary, God sees you as his perfect, precious child, because the worth of Jesus stands in the place of yours.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: When you hear the voice of the devil telling you that you are unlovable, ask Jesus to silence his voice. He did in in Capernaum. He’ll do it in your life too.