“Evil spirits, when they recognized him, fell down and cried out, “You are the Son of God!” Mark 3:11
Everyone who heard about Jesus quickly understood that there was something special about him. Huge crowds trailed behind him as he walked from town to town and witnessed him heal the sick and oppressed by a simple touch. However, this message today is about the evil spirits who knew the identity of this teacher and healer. As they approached him, they fell down and named him as God’s son.
It was during this time that we see a different side of Jesus. He wanted nothing to do with the evil spirits and ordered them to say nothing to the crowd that would reveal his identity. The work he had been sent to earth to do had only just begun.
I have a young friend who shouts out on Facebook that God will come through for him. Yet, in the next sentence, he curses people and uses four-letter words that are not part of my vocabulary. What might his other Facebook friends think about God when their friend is so confused about his own faith?
Dear Lord, remind us that we can’t praise you one moment and curse others in our next breath. Amen.