Mark 1:21-28

Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community. Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.” Today’s devotion comes from Carol Strawn.

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “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 the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee. Mark 1:21-28

Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Jesus is in the synagogue teaching and a man with an unclean spirit shows up, gets in Jesus’ face, and ends up being healed. He didn’t earn it, didn’t win it, he didn’t even request it. It was Jesus’ authority, power and choice that made it happen. This resonates with me.

One night long ago, I woke up in a panic that there was something important I was supposed to have done. Life and death, soul saving important – whatever it was, it was too late, I had blown it. I tried to reason it through, to make sense of it, but couldn’t think of anything. Finally, a simple thought cut through – the thought that, at least as far as my soul is concerned, fortunately it isn’t up to me, I am saved by Grace.

There is a peace, a freedom that comes from knowing no matter how I mess things up, I cannot blow it to the point of negating what Jesus has done for me. Jesus has the power, the authority and the desire that makes me whole. Thanks be to God!

Let us pray: Gracious Lord, help us to remember that you have the power to set us free. May that confidence open us up to live in joy and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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One Response to “Mark 1:21-28”

  1. Carolee Groux Says:

    Jesus himself assures us in John 10:28-29: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

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