Mark Has Some Good News, Part 4, The Game Changer
And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately 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 out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
Mark 1:21-28 (ESV)
Have you ever shot a shotgun? If not I recommend the experience. Shooting clays, cans, birds, anything out of a 12 gauge is an exciting time to be had. Your average gun will hold one to three shells and kicks like a mule, lots of fun.
Then along comes the AA12 assault shot gun. It takes the close range power of a 12 gauge shotgun and adds automatic firing capabilities and a 20 shot magazine. It takes a tool meant for hunting and turns it into a weapon meant to change the game. Not a whole lot wants to go toe to toe with the AA12,
It's a game changer.
In the same way but to the extremes of eternity, Jesus changed the game. The living word of God started to teach to His children and started the upheaval that would cost Him his life. And when his enemy came to frighten, steal and corrupt the hearts of those gathered Jesus wasted no time and dealt with the demon.
So my question is do we actively live in that fact of Jesus changing the game some 2000 years ago. That we know live in the shadow of the cross Jesus bore for our sins and that the same power and authority we see at work in this passage made the sacrifice perfect and imparted or "gave us" His righteousness. That when we are saved by that righteousness we stand toe to toe like Jesus did proving how we are a part of the change. That Jesus is redeeming the world by his good news and with us as his ammo.
Mark teaches us here this isn't just a story of a nice person doing and saying nice things. Many of today's nice people would have you believe Jesus was only that. But Mark shows us he is more, much more that here is where he saw it get real and different that here Jesus changed the game.