The Battle Begins
In Mark 1:21-28, Jesus meets a man possessed by an unclean spirit. Jesus does not make the mistake that we often make. He understands that the battle is not with flesh and blood (the possessed man) but with the powers of darkness (the unclean spirit). Too often we assume that it is the “world” or “sinners” that are the problem—as if we are not ourselves sinners. But it is these very people for whom God sent his son into the world! For them. For us. To save us and release us from the powers of darkness, from the systemic oppression that has gripped this world, from the brokenness that plagues us, and he has done this that we might be set free into life abundant!