Preparing for Worship: Be Silent, Come Out of Him!

Preparing for Worship: Be Silent, Come Out of Him!

John Haralson   •   March 10, 2017



“In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man's house.”
Jesus, in Mark 3:27

Dear Friends,

When I was in my twenties, I played rugby for a club in St. Louis. There was a guy on our team whose nickname was Hash. I don’t recall what his real name was (rugby nicknames are the best, anyway), but I do remember one thing about him:

I had never met anyone who hit as hard as he did.

Most peoples’ brains have a circuit that cause them to slow down just a little bit before making contact with someone on a tackle. This is a good circuit that God put there to help keep us alive. Either Hash’s brain didn’t have that circuit, or he had figured out a way to override it. Regardless, he had the incredible ability to tackle someone at full speed.

He was intimidating. 

I hated scrimmaging against him. I was always aware of where he was on the field. But, I loved playing in games with him on my team. No matter how big, mean, and ugly the other guys were, I knew we were going to be fine because Hash was on our team.

The story we will be considering this week from Luke is a power encounter between Jesus and a demonic spirit. Jesus meets a man in the synagogue who is being tormented and controlled by a powerful evil spirit. This should come to all of us as a sobering reminder of the world we actually live in. We are in the midst for a battle for our souls. There are evil forces arrayed against us that want to destroy us. 

At the same time, the combat between Jesus and the demonic spirit is not even close. Jesus, in an awe-inspiring show of his power, casts the spirit out of the man. The spirit begs Jesus for mercy and gets none. With a simple utterance, Jesus triumphs over the unclean spirit and liberates this man from demonic oppression.

I hope the Lord uses this text to open our eyes to how he sets us free from evil powers that enslave us and seek to destroy us. Jesus really is powerful, and he really sets us free.

This week: Be Silent, Come Out of Him!, Luke 4:31-37

Liturgy is here

I hope to worship with you.

Warmly in Christ,

John

PS Remember, 9am service only this Sunday because of Women’s Retreat. Also, don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night!