One of the things we see a lot of in the Gospels is Jesus casting out demons, waging war against evil, stopping the powers of wickedness in this world. Now, there’s a lot of things within these concepts that we could talk about or focus on, but you know me, I think one of the best things we can do with scripture is to sometimes focus on the big picture.
For instance, look at today’s Gospel reading from Luke 33-35:
And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha!What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm.
He says Jesus is the Holy one of God.
He calls Jesus who He really is, the unclean spirit actually gives Jesus the respect He is due.
Now, later in the Gospels, we see Jesus have many run-ins with the Pharisees and the religious leaders. They try to trip Him up, trap Him, and eventually work to have Him crucified.
Now, these are the religious leaders. And they don’t recognize Jesus for who is. They very ones that should know best don’t respond as they should.
And yet the unclean spirit here recognizes Jesus and gives Him respect.
So, when I read these passages of scripture sometimes I ask myself this. Which camp do I fall in to? Now, I never want to be on the side of the devil and the unclean spirits. But, at least in this instance they gave Jesus the respect He is due. The recognized Him when they saw Him.
The religious leaders did not. They didn’t give Him the respect He was due.
So, today, what about us? Do we recognize Jesus when we see Him? Do we feel the moving of the Spirit when we read His Word? When we worship? When we pray?
Do we heed the call of Jesus to love others as He would have us love them? Do we see Jesus in the call to serve?
And do we give Him the respect He deserves by obeying His commandments?
Today, I want to see Jesus. I want to give Him the respect He is due for saving me. I want to obey Him, follow Him, love Him. Today, I want to see Jesus.
Today, in all our lives, wherever He places us, may we see Jesus. And may we follow Him.
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