I know who you are

I know who you are

Mark 5:6 – 13 “When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. 11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

I know who you are. They said His name: Jesus, Son of the Most High God.

But it was an attack not a confession of worship. Superstition said that if you knew the precise name and identity of your enemy then you had control over them. But knowledge is not power over Jesus. Knowledge is not power over you either. It matters not what your enemy knows about who you, your name or what you have done or become.

I know who you are. Jesus asked them for their name. He did it to reveal the full extent of the damage they had inflicted upon this man. “We are many” is what they cried. They are trying to intimidate Jesus, “We are more than you, we are organised against you and we have a plan.” Jesus could have demanded for each of the demons names to demonstrate His power and to go along with the superstition. But He doesn’t need to know the names. When your name is the Name above all names, it matters not who you are facing.

I know who you are. He sends the demons into the pigs and a business is destroyed. The population was a mixture of Jew and Gentile and the pigs were obviously belonging to a Gentile farmer. The pigs were an expensive commodity. Whatever you can think of in terms of possession this is what went to the bottom of the lake on that day. Jesus was showing that he knew who the man was. Jesus had more compassion for him than the pigs. Don’t focus on what is lost focus on what has been found. “It’s not fair” should be said towards the man not the business. Jesus knew where true treasure was and it wasn’t at the bottom of the lake but the man kneeling before him.

If possible try and search online for a song that has captivated me recently. Released this year by Hillsong, it is called Valentine. It reminds me that Jesus loves his world and the world was worth his sacrifice on the cross. He pursues the world and everyone in it, even a demon-possessed man or a mentally ill person bound on hurting themselves and both of them. Here right now, whether in the UK or in India or wherever the lost are, wherever there is damage, Jesus is relentlessly pursuing anyone in order to hear even a slightest whisper or a deep cry, “Have mercy on me!”

Jesus knows. He knows who they are. He knows who you are.

VERSE 1:

From Your sacrifice for the sake of all
Redemption’s birth and relentless hope
As the weight of grace crushed the face of love
And You bled and died for Your enemies

VERSE 2:
To woo us back from death and woe
A valentine to a faithless world
Every wayward heart You pursue us all
And in kindness call us home

CHORUS:
This world is Yours
My God this world is Yours
All You made to be Yours
I know You love us all

VERSE 3:
Your agape love displaces fear
And the plan is working heaven’s near
For the kingdom comes to the heart that whispers
Have mercy God on me

CHORUS 2:
This world is Yours
My God this world is Yours
All You made to be Yours
I know You love us all

All this world is Yours
My God this world is Yours
All You made to be Yours
I know You love us all

BRIDGE:
You reign forever
You reign forevermore
My heart surrendered
You reign forevermore

 

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