We have a great and loving Saviour

Mark 1:21-28

In this reading Jesus performs one of his first miracles – He drives out an evil spirit that was in a man. I wonder what this must have looked like when these spirits were crying out in public? But what I love about our great Lord and Saviour Jesus in this story are two things. First, Jesus’ compassion for this man. It was the Sabbath, and Jesus was in a synagogue. But this didn’t stop him from having mercy on the man. Jesus felt the burden he was under as a result of living in a fallen world and being enslaved to these evil spirits. Let Jesus’ example motivate and inspire us to do good and love those around us just as He did. Second, the authority that Jesus had over these evil spirits. He was stern with them. He directed them to come out immediately. And they obeyed. We have a great God who has authority over evil. Let us give thanks for what He has done for us in sending Jesus to defeat sin once and for all.

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One thought on “We have a great and loving Saviour

  1. Thank you Tony. V22 stood out for me where it says that ,”Jesus taught with real authority – quite unlike the teachers of religious law”. How can any Christian speak with authority? I think the key is to be living what it is your talking about. God has a unique way of having His Hand upon those who speak /teach Gods Word and they themselves are living out what they are talking about. Not perfect people just a desire to live according to what Gods Word says in all areas of life. Words are cheap as the teachers of the law showed. They loved the praise of man more so, that speaking Gods Truth. They had their scriptures but they were blind and didn’t even see Jesus for who He was. Its easy to be a people pleaser – or so we think. But you’ll never please everyone because the Gospel is offensive. Jesus didn’t have this problem because He was determined to speak the Truth in love no matter the cost. It cost Him His life what will it cost us? Have we become too comfortable? Too politically correct? Are we calling evil good and good evil? There is a responsibility – a cost – that comes with calling yourself a Christian. May we be given the Grace to live a life that is pleasing to Him.

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