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Even Satan
Miles McPherson - December 13, 2015

Message Recap

Worship is response of respect when the nature of something or someone is revealed.

How many of us respond to Jesus with the same level of respect as the demons have for Him?  If not, then why? Today’s challenge is to respond to Jesus’ name, presence, command, authority at least as well as demons do. They would never treat Jesus with a lackadaisical attitude because they understand who He truly is and know that He is worthy of respect.

Today’s challenge to us is to respond to Jesus’ name, presence, command, authority at least as well as demons do.

Today’s passage is from Mark 5, where Jesus casts a legion of demons out of a man who has been tormented by these unclean spirits for a long time.

Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,  who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.

When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.” For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.

Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.”  And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.

So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened. Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Mark 5:1-15

1. Demons consider Jesus worthy of their worship, and so should we.

When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. Mark 5:6

Demons do not casually acknowledge Jesus. They run to Jesus and worship. How fervently do we thank Him and humble our hearts toward Him out of respect?

And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.”Mark 3:11

Even the demons believe—and tremble!James 2:19b

How does your worship of Jesus compare with that of the demons?

2. Demons acknowledge Jesus as God, and so should we.

And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”Mark 5:7

In our culture today, people casually brush God aside or even have the audacity to redefine who He is for themselves. Demons will instigate people to not acknowledge God or discourage us from worshipping Him, but they would never do these things themselves. They know that He is the almighty God and throughout Scripture they call Him by name and bow to Him:

When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!" Luke 4:40-41

Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” Mark 1:23-24

Demons know that Jesus, as part of the Trinity, created them as angels and that they have been cast out of heaven and their judgment is coming.

Will you have passion for who God is and acknowledge Him as your Creator with authority over you?

3. Demons know that judgment is coming and so should we.

And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.” Mark 5:7

Separation from God is torment, and eternal separation is hell. If you reject God and do not want to be with Him or accept His free gift of salvation and restoration unto Him, He will allow you to choose that eternal separation.

He has done all the work of the cross to bear the burdens of your sin and restore your relationship with Him. Your part is simply to surrender, accept His forgiveness, and accept Him as Savior – but He will not force you to do that.

4. Demons fear Jesus as Lord over Judgment and so should we.

And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.” Mark 5:7

Scripture tells us that Jesus is going to save some and judge some, but regardless, every knee will bow to Him and acknowledge His Lordship (Isaiah 45:23). That is what is happening here; even though the demons oppose God, they still must acknowledge His Lordship.

5. Demons submit to His Word, and so should we.

And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. Mark 5:13

The demons ask for Jesus’ permission to be cast into the swine, and they know that it will not be allowed without Jesus’ say so. Throughout Scripture, we see the demons’ immediate obedience to Jesus’ commands (such as, “Be gone!”)  They do not have the authority or ability to disobey Him because he has authority over every principality.

Imagine if you asked Jesus every day for permission for your thoughts and actions and only did as He commanded!

Today’s challenge is to bring more passion into your relationship with God. Don’t let a demon be more obedient and more submitted to God by necessity than you are by choice!  Let’s worship Him and submit to Him the passion He deserves to see from us!

This Message

In this message, Pastor Miles defines worship as a response of respect. He encourages us to worship God with the respect that He deserves from us.

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