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.