Mark’s gospel records a series of encounters between Jesus and a particular group. Read the following accounts of these encounters and try to determine the identity of the group.
Encounter #1 in Mark 1
Jesus met one of the group as he entered the synagogue in Capernaum. Upon seeing Jesus, this one cried out “I know who you are–the Holy One of God.”
Encounter #2 in Mark 1
At the home of Simon and Andrew, Jesus encountered several members of the group when it was evening. Mark tells us this about the members, “They knew him (Jesus).”
Encounter #3 in Mark 3
As the crowds began to swell around Jesus, we are told in a general manner how this group greeted Jesus whenever he went near to them. “They fell down before him and cried out, ‘You are the Son of God.'”
Encounter #4 in Mark 5
Some powerful members of this group saw Jesus approaching when Jesus had crossed over the Sea of Galilee. The spokesman for this group began the conversation with Jesus in this manner. “And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “…Jesus, Son of the Most High God…”
He then made a request of Jesus which Jesus granted.
As we see these encounters, we might be impressed with their knowledge of Jesus. They declare Jesus to be “The Holy one of God”, “the Son of God” and “Jesus, Son of the Most High God”. In each of these designations, they were spot on target. They knew the identity of Jesus.
Twice we are told that they fell down before Jesus. This position was one of submission before a greater authority. Again, they were right about the authority of Jesus.
As Jesus interacted with this group, they obeyed his voice every time he spoke a command to them. One even made a request of Jesus and Jesus granted that request.
All of this sounds worthy of imitation. We would surely do well to declare Jesus by his right name and titles. The same goes for submitting, obeying and asking of Jesus.
But one problem exists. The members of this group are all demons.
Demons know who Jesus is and the authority which he possesses. In fact, James tells us that they even shudder before Jesus.
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder!
The question must be asked. Does your faith even measure up to that demonstrated by the demonic horde?