Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Mark
Whenever the evil spirits saw Him, they fell down before Him and cried out, ‘You are the Son of God’. Mark 3:11
Mark was the son of a woman named Mary (Acts 12:12) and the cousin of the evangelist Barnabas (Colossians 4:10). Apparently, Mark had a close relationship with Peter (1 Peter 5:13), and there is considerable evidence that he wrote his Gospel account under the influence of that apostle. The Gospel of Mark is remarkably different from that of Matthew. It would appear that since Mark has to explain Hebrew traditions (Mark 7:2-4), this indicates that the material was for a non-Jewish audience – probably Romans.
Whereas Matthew wrote primarily to a Jewish audience and referenced many times that Jesus was the King, and related to David, the Book of Mark stresses the servant heart of Jesus, and that He came to fulfill the will of His Father.
Our verse from Mark is often overlooked, but it always stood out to me because it quietly proves the omnipotence, authority, deity, and purity of Jesus the Messiah. What is most significant to me is that Jesus didn’t have to say a thing to the demons/evil spirits; He didn’t have to scream at them to get them to listen to Him; Jesus didn’t need to jump through hoops and ritualize a series of words, actions, or incantations to get the demons to respond to Him. All Jesus had to do was show up. Again, “Whenever the evil spirits SAW him, they fell down before Him and cried out, ‘You are the Son of God’. Isn’t that amazing? Just the appearance of the divine, holy, and omnipotent Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was enough to cause the demons to acknowledge the true identity of Jesus Christ. Interestingly, the religious leaders didn’t ‘see’ it; the Roman government leaders didn’t ‘see’ it; but the henchmen of the devil were sensitive enough to recognize the Holy God the Son whenever He came by.
We can probably understand why the demons recognized Jesus. They were spiritual creatures who were certainly ‘in tune’ with the spirit world, so if the presence of the Holy One – the Sovereign Lord – is anywhere near them, they are going to know it, and will be compelled to acknowledge Jesus for who He is, was, and always will be.
Now, don’t misunderstand: these demons were certainly NOT worshiping Jesus Christ as the Lord God, but rather – even in their wickedness – the holiness of Christ was enough to ‘force’ them to their faces and to acknowledge the true identity of Christ.
This should tell us a number of things:
- As evil as the devil and his demons are; and as powerful as the devil and his demons may be, they are NOTHING when compared to the Holy and Omnipotent Power of Jesus Christ. As we read in 1 John 4:4, “Greater is He within me, than he (the devil) who is in the world”.
- Even the demons must submit to the Lord Jesus Christ. Earlier in Mark (Mark 1:34) we read these words, “And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was”. They were so submissive to Jesus that Jesus made it clear in this situation that they weren’t allowed to even speak!
- The power, authority, and holiness of Christ was so great – His sovereign rule over all things, including the demons, was so evident, that the demons had to fall down before Jesus in absolute submission.
- And while on their faces before the Lord they were compelled to acknowledge exactly who Jesus was, which must have KILLED them to say so, but say so they must: “You are the Son of God!”
So, what does this say to you and I? Well, maybe a few things:
- Are you walking in dreaded fear of the devil and his demons; and that they might jump inside of you and suck the eternal life out of you? Well, although they are to be ‘respected’ for their power and negative influence, if you know Christ, then they are under your feet!
- Are you submitted to Christ? Do you honor Him and His Name in all that you do, or is your Jesus just like the Jesus that Ian Anderson of the band Jethro Tull said in the early seventies “He’s not the kind that you have to wind up on Sundays”? Jesus is worthy of our praise, honor, and reverence at ALL times – not just on Sundays.
- Do people, especially unbelievers, sense the presence and holiness of Christ within us (because Christ lives in the believer) when we are near them (And I don’t mean because you are saying “Praise the Lord!” with every other sentence!). Maybe they aren’t falling at your feet and acknowledging the Jesus within you, but do people still sense your relationship with Christ because of your love, grace, mercy, and your freedom to walk away from sin?
- Are you able to cry out in worship – not fear – not blind obedience – but out of love and worship because your heart has been truly transformed and repurposed by the Lord’s refreshing grace – that Jesus is truly the Son of God?
“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
Yes, one day EVERY knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, but not every person who bows their knee or confesses with their tongue will be doing so out of love, reverence, and worship of their Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, but rather in their sin and disobedience they will be compelled to acknowledge Jesus as the King of kings, although He will not be their Lord and Savior.
So, who are you worshiping? Who is your Savior? Who is your Lord? Who is the One who has forgiven you? Who is the One who has redeemed you from a life of sin and separation and has now placed you into His Light and has seated you at His table forever as one of His very own children?
I’m going with what Joshua 24:15 says,
But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.