The text for this Sunday’s sermon is from Mark 1.21-28. Jesus is teaching in the synagogue and all of a sudden Heaven and Hell collide on Earth’s plane. A demon who had possessed a man confronts Jesus, reveals his idenity, and patrinizes him with his words,
“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.”
This scene fascinates me. Mainly because it seems to be so far outside the normal events of our spiritual lives. But I want to ask you, “is it really?” Is this beyond the normal realm of our existence or is there more going on than we care to see? Have we turned a blind eye to the war going on over our souls? Have the demons hidden themselves within the neglect we’ve developed toward spiritual things?
Well…yeah. What we must remember is that there is an entire world going on around us, unseen and unheard in many ways, but that is not beyond us. As we grow in our faith and grow closer to Christ, we also begin to tap into that world, that deep spiritual world, where things begin to defy so much of what we typically know.
I would encourage you to take up and read C. S. Lewis’ book The Screwtape Letters for deeper understanding of what I’m driving at. Yeah, that includes some homework on your part, but anything worth having is worth working for, right?
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. —Hebrews 11.1
By quoting that I mean to say this, that in faith we begin to see the world as someone connected to God, seeing the unseen and being convinced of things we were once unware of. Know that the world is a much larger, much deeper, much more mysterious place than you understand right now. Tune in and listen to what’s really going on.
Bless you this weekend and know you have a seat at New Liberty this Sunday.