Daily Devotion


Jesus was a teacher and more. He was also a healer. This is how Mark introduces these two, parallel ministries—
            “And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the
             Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And
             they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught as one
             who had authority,  and not as the scribes. And immediately
             there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit.”
Jesus listened to the spirit speak, and then He spoke this rebuke—““Be silent,  and come out of him”” (vv.24-25). These seven words were sufficient—“And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out in a loud voice, came out of him” (v.26).
The people were amazed and they reflected on what they had heard and seen—““What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the evil spirits, they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee” (vv.27b-28).
REFLECTION: Jesus authority and power were co-mingled with His humility.