September 30 (Mark 1:25)
But Jesus rebuked him,
A man with an unclean spirit accosted Jesus in the synagogue one day, and Jesus flared up and commanded the spirit to leave. Most translations read that He rebuked the spirit, and this is a fair rendering of the Greek verb, but the earliest translation puts it even more strongly. In the Latin version from the late fourth century, it says Jesus threatened the spirit. Either way, we see Jesus with fire in His eyes and thunder in His voice setting this man free.
Now go on just a bit more to verses 29-31. As soon as He left the synagogue, He went to Simon Peter’s house, where Peter’s mother-in-law was ill with a fever. “And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.” Can you imagine a more tender, loving scene than this? There is no fire or thunder or rebuke this time, just a gentle act of love. She was lying in bed with a fever, and Jesus carefully gives her His hand and helps her up.
Friends, this is Jesus. He is the one you want when the demons and the monsters come to call, for He is afraid of nothing and will stand up to the dark forces, fiercely and authoritatively sending them back where they belong. He is also the one you want when you are breaking and shaking and at your wit’s end, for He will gently and lovingly help you to stand.
Jesus, I need You. I need You to fight my battles and to help me stand. Sometimes I am too scared even to list all the ways I need You, so I ask the Holy Spirit to intercede on my behalf, knowing You are all and only what I need. Amen.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins