I Know Who You Are
The words in the title of this message aren’t the words of a born again spirit filled Christian, they are the words of a demon spirit that frequented a Jewish synagogue in Capernaum. If the enemy of God knew who Jesus was and was scared to death of Him – wouldn’t it be nice if today’s church knew who Jesus is and used the authority He has given us to defeat Satan. [Matthew 28:18-20] The difference between the enemy of God and the church of God is the enemy studied Him, listened to His Words, and watched what He did. This demon believed and rightly determined that no one but the Son of God could do the works He did. If we were as smart as our enemy, we would do the same.
The story I took the title of this message from is found in the gospel of Mark, chapter one, verse twenty-four. The incident that led up to this statement by the demon began with Jesus visiting a local church. Imagine that, a demon spirit hanging out in the local church. Jesus stood up to talk, and during His teaching, the demon cried out, “Let us alone! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!”
The question the demon asked, “What have we to do with you” raises an interesting point. The demon was wondering why the Son of God was in this church talking to the people. The demon understood Satan had a legal right to do everything he was doing on earth because Adam by his sin had transferred his authority over the earth to Satan back in the Garden of Eden, and for thousands of years Satan operated on the earth unhindered. But here in this Jewish synagogue in a small town on the coast of the Sea of Galilee, a demon spirit runs into God Almighty Himself, clothed in a fleshly body named Jesus. The demon knew if God was present, he was in trouble. What made this demon so afraid was the devil and his followers had already been defeated when they tried to usurp God’s throne, were kicked out of heaven, and sentenced to hell for their crimes against Him. Hence the question, “Have you come here to destroy us?” The answer to that question is, no! That is not the reason why Jesus whom the demon called the Holy One of God, or the Son of God, was on earth the first time. The time for their casting into hell has been set, the devil’s know its been set, and this demon thought this was their day. Did you catch that? The devils know they are going to be cast into hell, but they don’t know when it will happen. That’s why this demon asked Jesus, “Did you come to destroy us?” but on this day, Jesus just told the demon to “Be quiet, and come out of the man!”
Satan has no power against God and His children unless he has the assistance of a man to help him bring his evil to pass. He can do nothing on his own. He has to have the cooperation of man to do anything on this earth. It’s a pity the church doesn’t understand this and preach on the subject more often. If the church had eyes that see, they would know this short story tells us three things about Satan and his followers. (1) Devils hang out in church. (2) Devils do not possess power over God’s people, and (3) Devils are scared to death of God and His Children because they know what awaits them.
Not so for mankind, we don’t know enough about God to take a stand, so we complain and talk God down while our enemy kills our friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. I now know why Jesus called people-sheep. Sheep are the dumbest animals on earth. If one sheep walks over a cliff, the others will follow. Of course, we can prevent much of what happens to us if we would pick up our bibles and read it. We just might learn we don’t any longer have to be the devils door mat. We are his master. He knows it and now it’s time we learned it. But that will not happen until we do what the demon in this story did. He studied Jesus, he listened to Jesus, and he determined Jesus was the Son of God based upon what he seen and heard. Notice, Jesus was content to let the demon stay where he was – until he opened his mouth. How smart we who call ourselves Christians would be, if we followed the demons lead and paid attention to what we read in the scriptures and make a rational decision that Jesus is indeed, the Holy One of God. DThrash