JESUS, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

Declared by demons

II. Proclaimed by people

III. Understood by us


Mark 1:21-28 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. In the name of Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God, dear Christian friends, Have you ever been in that embarrassing situation when you spotted someone

from a distance away, you walked up to them and said, “Hey, I know you who are! You

are so and so!”, only to find out that you were dead wrong? That person walking by you

on the bluff wasn’t George Clooney, like you had thought. That lady in the airport only

looked like Beyonce. A case of mistaken identity can happen to all of us and can be rather

embarrassing. After a sincere apology to the not-so-famous person and after retelling the

story a number of times to family and friends, the incident is usually forgotten and no one

is hurt. The same, however, can not be said when the identity of Jesus is mistaken! The

final result for those who do not know who Jesus is and do not trust in him for eternal life

will be hurt— beyond our ability to comprehend— in the eternal fires of hell. Let’s make

sure that we can clearly, confidently and confessionally say, JESUS, I KNOW WHO YOU

ARE! This has been I. Declared by demons II. Proclaimed by people and III.

Understood by us.

Jesus and his newly-called disciples went to Capernaum, and when the

Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. Jesus was slowly,


JESUS, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

I. Declared by demons

II. Proclaimed by people

III. Understood by us


2 but surely, getting out and about among more and more people and getting out the

message of the kingdom of God so people could learn that he was the promised Messiah,

the Savior of the world.

The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who

had authority, not as the teachers of the law. All the other teachers of Jesus’ day

would rely on the words and wisdom of others who had gone before them in order to

impress on their listeners that what they were teaching was true and why they should

listen to them. Meanwhile, Jesus taught differently, powerfully, uniquely. His doctrine

was more gospel-based rather than law-based. His message was from God rather than

from man. His teaching was founded on his own words rather than on others’ words.

Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried

out, “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!”

Jesus is the Holy One of God! This true statement was even declared by

demons! But that is not such a good thing. Demons belong in the den of the devil, who

is the father of lies (Jn 8:44), and therefore they are unable to be trusted.

So, Jesus said sternly, “Be quiet!” “Come out of him!” This was not the only

time in Jesus’ ministry that a demon declared correctly who Jesus was. In all these cases,

Jesus immediately silenced the demons because a known liar would not be believed even

if he was telling the truth.

The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. As

always, demons must submit to Jesus! As spirits created by him, they must cower to the

command of their Creator. As spirits subdued by him, they must surrender to the

statements of their Savior!

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.” News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

Now the people were doubly amazed! They had heard his teaching, which was

itself authoritative, but now they had seen his power over demons! Now we are talking

authoritative! Had social media been available back then as it is now, the posts would

have been flying and the inboxes would have been filling up! The people had news to

share and they did it in ways available to them! The people proclaimed throughout

Galilee that they knew who Jesus was!

Are you ready to declare as the demons did and proclaim as the people did? Are

you confident to say, “Jesus, I know who you are! You are the Holy One of God!”?

Your sinful nature says it is impossible and unnecessary. How can Jesus be both

God and man when your scientific reason says that is impossible? Why did Jesus have to

be both God and man to save you when your proud self says that is unnecessary because

you can take care of your own soul, tally up enough good works and transport yourself

right into heaven?

Satan does not want you to say that Jesus is the Holy One of God. Even though

he and his demons know it is the truth, they want you to end up where they are— in hell

because they denied Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They do not want you to say it

because it can lead others away from their currently-reserved place in hell.


3 The sinful world around you does not want to hear you say it. They are content to

live the way they want to live and not be bound by an old-fashioned ogre’s list of rights

and wrongs. They are intent to focus on themselves for this life and for the life to come.

But you can say it and you need to say it!

By your baptism, God enabled you and empowered you to be able to say, “Jesus, I

know who you are!” By your baptism, Jesus removed your sin and its punishment and

brought you into his kingdom of grace by making you his child of faith. By your

baptism, Jesus called you to be his own and commissioned you to be his witness.

By his Word, Jesus tells you and the evolutionist that he was there in the

beginning and will be there at the end and will direct all things in between. By his Word,

Jesus tells you and the skeptic that there is absolute truth. By his Word, Jesus tells you

and the abortionist and the adulterer and the anarchist and the apathetic that he lived

perfectly as your replacement and shed his blood for the forgiveness of every sin.

So, say with the demons, “Jesus, I know who you are!” Say with Old Testament

Job, “Jesus, I know that [you] my Redeemer live[s], and that in the end [you] will

stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will

see [you]; I myself will see [you] with my own eyes— I and not another. How my

heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27). Say with the Apostle John, “Jesus, I know

that [you] have come and [have] given us understanding, so that we may know [you]

who is true. And we are in [you] who is true— [you are] the true God and eternal

life” (1 Jn 5:20).

We are in the middle of the church year season called Epiphany, a season in

which we focus on Jesus as the Savior for all people. He is Savior for the Wise Men who

came to worship him. He is Savior for John the Baptist who went before him and

baptized him. He is Savior for all the disciples who were called to follow him. He is

Savior for all

Jesus is the Holy One of God! Don’t mistake him for just another person or just a

celebrity or just a prophet or just a good example to follow! He is your Savior!

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