The Demon Cried, “I Know Who You Are.”
The title of this message came from Mark 1:24-25 where an unclean spirit (a demon) said to Jesus, “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!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”
Notice Jesus didn’t pray before He acted. He didn’t say, “Dear Lord, there’s a mad man in here. What am I going to do now?” Why not? Because He knew man doesn’t have to ask God to do everything for them. God has given man power over evil and expects His children to use that power. That’s why He rebuked His disciples so many times for not using their power. He would ask them, “Why are you so fearful, and where is your faith?” Then He would demonstrate that power for them as He did in this story. And do you know, that everything Jesus did on earth He did as a man. That’s why He always referred to Himself as the son of man. The story tells us Jesus just told the demon to, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” What did the demon do when Jesus, the son of man told him to come out of the man? He did exactly what Jesus told him to do. He stopped talking, convulsed the man, cried out with a loud voice and vacated the man’s body. If we understood the authority Jesus used when He was on earth and gave to us in Matthew 28 after He had been raised from the dead, we would treat the devil and demons the way Jesus treated them, and we would have the same success Jesus enjoyed in His walk with God.
Jesus didn’t play games with Satan because He knew Satan is just an angel. Hebrews 1:14 tells us, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister (serve) for those who shall inherit salvation?” In a nut shell this scripture describes for us the role angels play in God’s creation. They are servants sent to serve God’s children. The are not god’s, they are just servants. They were created to be servants, and they will never be anything more than servants.
If you are a child of God, every angel good or bad knows who you are. They know what you are and they know the power you possess. It might also suffice us to know that every devil and every demon also knows who we are and they are mortified that we will find out who we are. Demons knew who Jesus was and were frightened by Him, and they knew who Paul was and they were scared of him, (Acts 19:15) and they know their eternal destination and they are very afraid of going there. The only thing they don’t know is when the time is set for them to be cast into the lake of fire as shown to us in this story where the demon asked Jesus, “Have you come to destroy us?” Angels and demons and everyone else in creation knows who the children of God are, but, we, ourselves. The church as a whole don’t have a clue as to who we are and the power we possess? Once we discover who God says we are; and use the power given to us, the devil is in for a very troubling time.
The demon in this story was in this synagogue because the priest let him come in. Do we not know we have power over servants just like Jesus used His God given power to give this man his life back? We are not helpless. We are not orphans. God is on our side. And Paul writes to the Roman church in Romans 8, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” I am asking the same question, “Why do we let a bunch of evil servants run our school systems, churches, homes and government?” The children of God can kick the servant out of all these institutions any time we want, but that will not happen until the children of God learn who we are in Christ and how to use the authority we have been given.