7 Jesus went off to the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. A large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 People heard about all that Jesus was doing. And many came to him. They came from Judea, Jerusalem and Idumea. They came from the lands east of the Jordan River. And they came from the area around Tyre and Sidon. 9 Because of the crowd, Jesus told his disciples to get a small boat ready for him. This would keep the people from crowding him. 10 Jesus had healed many people. So those who were sick were pushing forward to touch him. 11 When people controlled by evil spirits saw him, they fell down in front of him. The spirits shouted, “You are the Son of God!” 12 But Jesus ordered them not to tell people about him.
“Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.” [Mark 3:11-12]
Jesus will not have the truth of who He is declared by impure spirits. Why not? They’re telling people the truth – Jesus is the Son of God! I think it’s due to the fact that, if these impure sources become perceived to be authorities for the truth, they could really go to town on deceiving people.
Truth must come from truthful lips. Truth must come from lives lived in pursuit of finding and living the truth. Jesus wouldn’t have deceptive and destructive spirits speaking for him, and it’s a call to us – to both be wary in who we listen to for truth and to be called to account for our own lives as sources for truth.
I need to look at the lives of those who are telling me about truth – are their lives pursuing “purity” or “impurity.” Impure spirits would, I am sure, create impure and sickly lives. But further, I need to heed the subtext in this moment – Jesus is looking for people who will declare who He is from lives that reflect who He is. Does my life reflect the truth that Jesus is the Son of God?
Lord, I continue to ask you to help me live a life that reflects the truth of who you are, so that my words and actions align! Amen
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh