Suppression and Release

The sun had barely set over the horizon when there was a knock on the door. When Peter opened it, he was greeted by a large crowd of people. It seemed as if the whole town was gathered, eager to see the teacher. Word had spread like wild fire about what had happened at the synagogue earlier that day.

Jesus had been there, teaching with an authority that amazed all who heard him. But he had caused a stir when he cast a demon out of a man. As Jesus was speaking, the demon manifested itself and demanded to know what Jesus wanted.

“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are… the Holy One of God!”

Jesus responded sharply. “Silence! Come out of this man!”

At once the demon violently left the man and retreated, shrieking as it went.

All who saw it were amazed.

And now the people of Capernaum were at the home of Andrew and Peter with their sick family members and friends. Jesus met with them late into the night and many people were healed.

They also brought those who were spiritually troubled and Jesus drove many demons away. But he would not let the demons speak, on account of them knowing who he was.

Take a moment to reflect on the story you have just read.
(sometimes it is helpful to read it again, slowly)

*Was there something in this story that you discovered—or thought about—for the first time?
*As you think about the story, what questions do you have? What do you wonder about?
*How might this story change your perspective / beliefs / behaviors?

I would love to hear what you are discovering as you think through these questions.
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