Mark 1: 21-28
They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed with his teaching, because he taught them as one having authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching–and with authority! He gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him!” News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
After Jesus had called his first disciples, they went to Capernaum where Jesus started teaching in the synagogue. Much to the amazement of the people, Jesus taught with great authority that even the evil spirit obeyed his command. The evil spirit, who knew who Jesus was, had taken such control of a man in the synagogue that he shook violently when the authority of Jesus commanded it to be quiet and to come out. Afterward, the news of Jesus and his authority spread quickly throughout Galilee.
Father your word reminds us that we fight not against flesh and blood but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Thank you that the battle has been won; Jesus has given us authority in his name to overcome the evil in our world of today. Awaken us to this authority in your word to become more like Christ. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.