Scripture: Mark 1:21-28
February 1, 2015

Suddenly, there was in the synagogue, a person with an evil spirit screamed, “What have you do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are.  You are the holy one from God. Mark 1:23-24

In the first chapter of Mark’s gospel we are given this story of boundary breaking confrontation.  And what strikes me this time when I read it again, is that Mark is telling us that when Jesus arrives people respond.  Which seems elementary, but stay with me.  

First the crowd notice that he teaches with authority.  This is good after all; if Jesus is the Messiah we would expect him to have authority in teaching in a religious setting.

But what is more intriguing and leaves a deeper impression with me (perhaps because it isn’t about saying the right things), is that the recognition of who he is comes at the moment that he encounters brokenness in our world.
Those who are aware of the places that need mending in their lives are some of the first that recognize the power in Jesus to transform their lives.

Jesus came to confront the things in our lives that keep us from living a full life.  He came to break down the barriers that we or others have put in our lives that keep us from fully knowing and experiencing God’s love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.

Prayer:  Jesus come into my life and confront the unhealthy habits and ways that hinder me from having a full relationship with you.  Amen.


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