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Know God in a Year #70 Freedom!

As Jesus teaches in the synagogue at Capernaum, God’s sweet presence rests on the people. The relaxed peace combined with the genuineness and confidence of Jesus wraps around them as if heaven has come.

He speaks of the kingdom of love he has come to establish, and his mission to free Satan’s prisoners.

Suddenly, he is interrupted by a shriek, the people’s minds are diverted from Jesus’ words.

A feeling of terror replaces the tranquility, as a madman cries, “Let us alone! What do you want with us? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

Satan had led his victim to the synagogue to disrupt the harmony, cause terror, and distract people’s minds.

In Jesus’ presence the victim dimly comprehends Jesus’ power and longs for freedom, but another’s will holds him; when he opens his mouth to ask for help, all that comes out is the demon’s words. The conflict between the power of Satan and the man’s own desire is terrible. It seems he will lose his life in the struggle.

Everything is confusion. Darkness and Light stand again face to face.

Jesus addresses the evil spirit, “Hold your tongue, and come out of him.”

With another shriek, the man is thrown to the floor convulsing, then lying quietly.

All are sure he is dead.

But now Jesus’ hand helps him stand before the people unharmed, his eyes alight with intelligence and grateful tears. Jesus’ authority frees another of Satan’s captives.

Mark 1:21-28

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