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February 1, 2014.

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The Message for 2-1-2015

This Sunday the message will be about how Jesus was received by others in his ministry. Some are amazed at his teaching. Some are amazed at the healing he was able to bring about. Some are amazed that he can even command spirits to do his will.

These declarations about Jesus and who he is take place in a variety of settings. This week finds us in a fishing village on the shore of Galilee. It is the home of Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, the sons of Zeebadee. It is here that Jesus retreats in times of need. It is here that he has healed lepers. It is here that he heals the man who was lowered through the roof of the house he was in. It is here that he heals Peter's mother-in-law of a fever. It is here that he preaches as one with authority. It is here that he commands an "unclean" spirit to be silent and leave the one it had been possessing.

"Who is this man whom even the spirits obey?"

Is it not interesting that it was the unclean spirit who calls out to Jesus, "What have you to do with us, Holy one of God?"

In Jesus's time, people believed in spirits. They were believed to be more "powerful" than humans and less powerful than God. When Jesus commands the spirit to be silent and leave, and the spirit obeys Him, people were awe struck. Jesus was more "powerful than other humans and more powerful than "spirits".

"Who is this man whom even the spirits obey?" "Is this a new teaching?"

Jesus taught with authority. He demonstrated that aunthority over unclean spirits. The spirit knew who he was. The people still were in wonder at what exactly it was they were seeing.

Capernaum was a happening place. And yet, people were uncertain and did not always receive the good news about redemption and salvation Jesus brought.

Why did Jesus rebuke the spirit for addressing him as the Holy One of God?

Was it not yet the time? Did he want the revelation to come from the Father and not from an unclean spirit? Did he want his good news to be received from the source? He cast out the demon, the unclean spirit and freed the possessed man. He did not tell this man to be silent. He did command the spirit to be silent and leave.