‘‘Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.’’ Mark 1:24
Additional reading: Lk. 1: 35; 4:34; Jn. 6:69; Heb. 4:15; Rev. 3:7
Following His baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist and His eventual temptation by Satan, He went through Galilee preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God. At this point, Jesus began to call disciples. Some of those He called then were Simon and Andrew his brother, James and John, who were the sons of Zebedee.
While in Capernaum, He went into their Synagogue on a Sabbath day and there He met a man with an unclean—demonic, foul, impure spirit. On sighting Jesus Christ, the man cried out: ‘‘Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.’’
The man who had the unclean spirit recognised Jesus as the Holy One of God! See this: ‘‘Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One [hagios: (an awful thing); sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated) :- (most) holy (one, thing), saint] of God.’’ Jesus is Holy—sacred—worthy of worship, respect (religious veneration), consecrated—set apart, dedicated to a specific purpose.
During Mary’s encounter with the angel, she was told thus: ‘‘The angel answered her, ‘‘The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy child developing inside you will be called the Son of God.’ ’’ (Lk. 1:35 GW).
What really was this holy child to grow up to do? This is what we have: ‘‘…Joseph, son of David,’’ the angel said, ‘‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ ’’ (Matt. 1:20 – 21 NLT).
The holy child conceived by the Holy Spirit was consecrated—set apart specifically to save—redeem His people from their sins. For Jesus to win the battle of redemption of the soul of man, He had to be holy — sacred — physically pure, morally blameless and consecrated — set apart for that purpose. Have you wondered why in the genealogy of Jesus Christ as in Matthew chapter one, Joseph was not listed as the father of Jesus rather the writer simply said Joseph was the husband of Mary the mother of Jesus? The reason is simple; if Jesus was conceived through sexual intercourse between Joseph and Mary, He would have been conceived in sin and this would have disqualified Him as the redeemer of mankind. While others had earthly fathers, thus, conceived in sin, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and so took upon Himself the divinity or holiness of God from birth. So, when the demon infested man saw Jesus in the Synagogue, he had no choice but to confess the holiness of God as in Christ Jesus.
Please note that while the man in the Synagogue was said to be unclean—demonic, foul, impure spirit—ceremonially, morally lewd, i.e. indecent, Jesus is described as holy — sacred — physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated. What a contrast!
Please read this: ’’For we have not a high priest who is not able to be touched by the feelings of our feeble flesh; but we have one that has been tested in all points as we ourselves are tested, but without sin.’’ (Heb. 4:15 BBE). Though He Himself is God, He took upon Himself human form and was tempted in the flesh like you and I. In all points of life — like every human being is tempted, Jesus faced temptation, but sin—offence was not found in Him. ‘‘Jesus, our high priest, is able to understand our weaknesses. When Jesus lived on earth, he was tempted in every way. He was tempted in every way as we are tempted but he never sinned.’’ (Heb. 4:15 ERV). ‘‘He never sinned, and he never told a lie.’’ (1Pet. 2:22 ERV)
Why Jesus was able to live in human flesh like you and I yet no offence was found in Him? Think about this.
Meditation: Could anyone live on earth without committing an offence all through his life time!
Prayer: Strengthen me by the Holy Spirit to live a life pleasing to You as Your Son pleased You in all He did.
Question: Is it possible for one to live a holy life on earth? Explain.