- “Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – January 31, 2021
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” 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]
Context: The Hometown of Peter, Jesus early ministry miracle of authority A New Teaching, With Authority
It is one thing to name evil, it is another to experience it being exposed, over powered, and seeing God’s good triumph.
Evil is the fruit of not trusting God. Evil is the treasure of placing oneself above God. Evil taking God message and using it to serve our own curiosity and desires. Evil might be the easiest, most convenient, and most familiar action we see.
We may not have been going to movie theaters in the past year but I suggest we have consumed more entertainment in the past year and done so in more isolation that at any point in history.
Who is there to help us make choices about what we select as entertaining? Typically we listen to reviews, a system of stars or tomato’s that give Cesars thumbs up or down to make a quick choice about a movie or tv show.
The rating industry has demarcation of what is G to MA. This contextual opinion based review is another measure that looks at various details to categorize the degree of evil in a program.
It is clear that we have so many sources to entertain us, distract us, and desensitized us, that we don’t care what evil we digest.
I have begun a journey of being much more intentional about what I eat. When you make the close connect between the fuel that goes in to the effect it has we begin to be more selective about out choices.
Or we RSUMC use ourselves and divert our own attention to “break the rules” or “bend them”.
Early in Jesus’s ministry this event occurs to show the early church, and us, that Jesus, has power and authority over evil.
His mission and ministry is to point out evil and show us that evil is powerless before God.
We living in a time where evil is at the root of things seen and unseen throughout our society.