Mark – The Facts.
Imagine a meeting room where others have gathered to debate. Men are expressing their opinion about a topic. Others are hearing but not really listening because their minds are forming what they will reply. Those on the peripheral are just wondering when this will be over so they can have lunch. What’s going on here?
Imagine Jesus showing up in the middle of it all to tell the Truth with understanding WITHOUT debate. The scripture is what it is. His teaching is delivered confidently. He is interrupted by the evil that has taken up residence in a man. Evil knows who He is. Others in the room do not…yet. Jesus calls out evil from the man. This incredible act causes raised eyebrows and surprised looks on everyone’s faces. “What is going on here?” All hell breaks loose when Truth/Jesus shows up.
Jesus and his newly called followers, go to Andrew and Simon’s house for lunch after “church” but find Andrew’s mom-in-law ill with fever, so Jesus heals her. Dinner is served by the healed mom. What is going on here?
Word spread quickly about Jesus. Many brought their own sick and evil-afflicted family members and friends to Jesus to be healed. What is going on here? Jesus, Son of God, left the comforts of heaven and moved into the neighborhood of humanity to heal, seek and save the lost who are bullied by the religious, oppressed by the government, and consumed by evil.
Mark 1, The Message
21-22 Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. They were surprised at his teaching—so forthright, so confident—not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars.
23-24 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, “What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to! You’re the Holy One of God, and you’ve come to destroy us!”
25-26 Jesus shut him up: “Quiet! Get out of him!” The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly—and got out.
27-28 Everyone there was incredulous, buzzing with curiosity. “What’s going on here? A new teaching that does what it says? He shuts up defiling, demonic spirits and sends them packing!” News of this traveled fast and was soon all over Galilee.
29-31 Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew’s house, accompanied by James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus. He went to her, took her hand, and raised her up. No sooner had the fever left than she was up fixing dinner for them.
32-34 That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him, the whole city lined up at his door! He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn’t let them say a word.
What is going on here? When Jesus shows up, evil packs up and moves away. When Jesus shows up in our meeting places, awe and wonder, joy and peace, love and goodness flows freely. A new teaching that does what it says…
Dear Heavenly Father, May Your will be done in our lives, in our churches, in our places of work, in our families and with our friends. May Your glory be seen through us, reflected off our faces. Restore the joy of our salvation. We are watching for You to show up today. I saw you at work yesterday, so I know you will show up today. In Jesus Name, Amen