This is the first in a series of posts “beggars journey” as I simply share what God has shared and challenged me with on this humble journey through the Word. My journey begins in Mark’s Gospel.
It is in the very first chapter of Mark’s Gospel, the amazing account of Jesus driving out an evil spirit. In fact it is the first miracle that Mark records in his brief Gospel.
21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. 27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching–and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
Mark 1:21-28 (NIV)
In this short retelling of the event I am struck by a simple fact. Even the evil spirits recognize Jesus “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” The question that comes to my mind today as I reflect on these words is simple, “Do I recognize Him?” As I reflect on the times and ways that God moves in my life and speaks through his Word, I must ask if I recognize him. If I don’t, is it due to the fact I have distorted Jesus into my own self made image of who he is. Do i recognize him for the Eternal Son of God who rules with all sovereignty over my world.
I pray that on this Journey of Faith I would look not to my own ideas, but to the amazing portrait painted by Scripture of Jesus. After all if we are to reflect Him to the world I better make sure that image I reflect looks more like Jesus and less like me!
<>< Just a beggar on a journey. Craig