March 31, Reading 3 – Mark 1:21-45

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SAA Notes

Mark emphasises the power or authority of Jesus over evil spirits, disease, leprosy. One favourite word of Mark is ‘immediately’. This is what interested ancient Romans – power and action.

SJA Notes

* Holy God, Your word is the only truth we need today. Please help us listen and obey.

“I know who you are – the Holy One of God.”

The world is a big place, great swathes of it are hidden to us through our lives. We cannot know it all, or even come close.

The spiritual realities are deep and wide.

And they are inhabited by both the armies of God and the armies of darkness.

As Jesus, God in the Person of the Son, started His three-year ministry there was an eruption of visible spiritual battle.

Visible because people were specifically and clearly affected.

With all of this, we see that the evil spirits knew who Jesus was. They knew He was the true anointed one, holy (set apart).

Their perspective was one of fear and loathing.

But ours is to be that of Peter in John chapter 6,

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

Evil fled from the presence of the King of Kings.

We need to repent and believe and be welcomed into that presence – Into the arms of our Saviour.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour He is!

* God Above,

Your Name is mighty and set apart, holy.

Please help us to bear Your Name well.

Your word is good for every aspect of life.

Please help us use it well.

Your love is steadfast and faithful.

Please help us love others as You have loved us.

Amen.

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