Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for the West Side Church of Christ. Please feel free to follow along.
Jesus knew that there had to be a process in which he revealed himself. There was one verse in today’s reading (Mark 1) that made this very evident. This verse said … “He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.” The demons knew who Jesus was. They had seem him before. Jesus was the creator of the heavens. Jesus was the one who threw Lucifer (Satan) and his demons out of heaven. They understood who he was and why he was there.
However, Jesus knew there was a process. At this early stage, he knew that if people had an inclination he was the messiah, then the whole process could be thwarted. So he squelched the voice of them who knew the truth. He did all of this so that the time would be right to reveal who he was. He needed to build a following, and he needed to be rejected by that following so that he could go to the cross and save our sins.
When you read scripture do you see the subtleties of how God is working through the lives of his servants? What are some one line passages, passages you have read over many times with no thought, that suddenly you read it and they scream out to you God’s plan in a new way?