Jun 09, 2019 | Lee Becknell

“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?”

Mark 1:21-28

Text: Mark 1:21-28. 

* New series from the Gospel of Mark.  Questions Jesus had to deal with.

Many struggle with:  Low Test Deficiency Syndrome!   I just made that up! I’m a trained profession please don’t try this at home!

* A Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, “My Mommy looked back once while she was driving and she turned into a telephone pole!”

* A Sunday school teacher asked, “Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?” ‘No,’ replied Johnny. “How could he, with just two worms.”


Title: “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?”

Theme: “When we stand in the presence of Jesus we are confronted with the condition of our souls.  Even Angels find themselves feeling the Righteous, Holy presence of Jesus too much to bear. He senses the distance between his life and Jesus’. His words betray his isolation. He speaks not only for himself but for all those in the synagogue that day. Behind his question is unspoken longing and hopes that Jesus would say, “Everything. I have everything to do with you.” Those are the words that can begin to put his life back together.”

* The man we are going to visit with the day is the spokesperson for all who feel disconnected from themselves, others, and God.

* He represents everyone who has ever experienced the brokenness of life. He represents the human condition.

* I am starting a new series in the book of Mark.  Bear in mind that he is writing primarily to a Roman audience, seeking to portray Jesus as the Servant of Men.

* In the following weeks we will look at some of the questions that people had concerning Jesus. Then we will look at some question Jesus asked people.

* This morning, I would like to share with you the following lessons.


  1. Jesus teaches with authority.

Mark 1:21-22, “And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.

* What would actually happen if Jesus showed up for church? Well, it happened in Capernaum, and it was different than anyone expected.

* If Jesus were to personally walk into church this morning, what would it be like?

* We all have our stereotypical opinions of what it would be like: some think we’d feel an awesome peace; others think a heavenly love would pervade; others, a feeling of tenderness and compassion.

* Beloved, I believe we would find ourselves in the same predicament at the man we are learning about today.

* How do we stand in the presence of a Holy all Powerful God?

* His Passion (verse 21) Now, some may argue that any good Jewish man would have been found in the synagogue on the Sabbath, but I am convinced this reveals the passion Jesus had for the Word and the house of God.

* The example of Jesus ought to generate a hunger within the believer to study the Word of God and be found at the house of God. It isn’t a burden, but a privilege.

* Our relationship with Christ alone should compel us to seek His Word and fellowship with His people at His house.

Luke 10:38-42, “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”


  1. Even unclean spirits are concerned about their eternal destiny.

Mark 1:23-24, “And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “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.”

* Is this the end?  James 2:19 says, "the devils/ demons believe and tremble."

* Beloved, Jesus has everything to do with us. He stands before us as the mirror image of who we can become. There is no aspect of our life about which he is not concerned.

* He calls us into our true self, the one made in the image and likeness of God. He calls us back into the beauty and wholeness of our original creation.

* The demon recognized Jesus and called him the Holy One of God, perhaps because he hoped that by identifying Jesus by name he would have power over Jesus. The title “Holy One of God” refers to Jesus’ authority as a high priest and as God’s only Son.

* It was ironic that Jesus’ authority was first recognized by a demon. he said.

* Supreme Court Justice Scalia before he died was made fun of by a reporter because he said he believed in the Devil. After a couple of questions, the reporter asks, “Isn’t it terribly frightening to believe in the Devil?” to which the Justice answered: You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil (Senior, 2013).

* Beloved we can find the destiny that this fallen angel was worried about.  Turn with me to: Matthew 25:41, “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Compare these two verses!

John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him


  1. Jesus has the authority to command unclean spirits.

Mark 1:25-28, “But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 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.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.”

* Notice that Jesus gives two commands.  1. Be silent. 2. Come out.

* Jesus orders him like a man orders a dog out of the house. Effect? The demon "shook the man violently" and came out with a shriek.

Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Mark 3:14-15, “14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons.”

* When we walk in the Spirit, we walk in His authority, when we speak His words, and we do His acts. We’re not intimidated by the powers of darkness. The devil should be intimidated by us.

* As John Hagee says, “When the devil sees us coming, he should grab his Maalox and dial 9-1-1

* The Chicken Lady. The late Christian A. Herter was running hard for reelection as governor of Massachusetts. One day, he arrived late at a barbecue. He’d had no breakfast or lunch, and he was famished. As he moved down the serving line, he held out his plate and received one piece of chicken. The governor said to the serving lady, “Excuse me, do you mind if I get another piece of chicken? I’m very hungry.” “Sorry,” the lady responded, “I’m supposed to give one piece to each person.” “But I’m starved,” he repeated. Again she said: “Only one to a customer.” Herter was normally a modest man, but he decided this was the time to use the weight of his office, and said, “Madam, do you know who I am? I am the governor of this state.” “Do you know who I am?” she retorted. “I’m the lady in charge of chicken. Move along, mister.”

* I love it! Move along mister! She knew what her authority was.

* More Christians need to be like her: to know who we are in Christ, that we’ve been filled with His Spirit and have received His power.

* One thing is certain about Jesus; you will be affected one way or the other. You will never be neutral. You will love Him or hate Him!

* Overcoming locked gates, tall fences and snapping dogs presents a challenge for meter readers in rural Oklahoma, where they are required to read all meters: no estimates are allowed.

One time a city-worker succeeded in getting past a particularly vicious watchdog tied to a chain that was long enough to give him sway over the entire back yard and driveway. Later, the man was questioned by his superior: "How were you able to get past that watchdog? The customer is curious." "That’s easy, boss," the meter reader replied. "I parked on his chain."

* Come on Church; let’s don’t ‘take it off the devil,’ let’s ‘park on his chain!’

“What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought Since Jesus came into my heart!
I have light in my soul for which long I had sought Since Jesus came into my heart!”

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