Mk 3:7-12 Large Crowds
The unclean spirit shouted, “You are the Son of God!” Jesus warned him sternly not to make him known.
The devil knows perfectly well who Jesus is. The devil knows and makes him known to others. Why? So the crowd will worship Him? No. St. James states, “You believe in God, you do well, but even the devil believes.” The problem with the devil is that he does not obey. Whoever does not obey the Will of God is in collusion with the devil. The devil disobeys because he refuses to love. I feel so sorry for those “satanic” worshippers who consider themselves friends of the devil. They do not understand or realize that the devil has no friends. All who work for satan end up being destroyed at the hands of satan. He has no allegiance, no camaraderie - no spirit of unity. It is, to say the least, a dysfunctional relationship. It’s an all for one relationship.
So why does the devil make known the Lord’s true identity? Because he wishes to speed up the process. He wants his hour to begin. Let the controversy begin! Is God not one? Is God not above? How can this man heal on the Sabbath? How can this man forgive sins? Only God can do so. Who does he make himself out to be? The devil wants the pain and suffering, the trial, the death of Christ to begin. He wants us to put God to death! But the moment has not arrived. The hour is fast approaching, but it is not here. The unclean spirit wishes to promote controversy, scandal and division. All the things that we thrive on! Yes. We love a good scandal. We love to read People magazine because we love to know who the stars really are; what they struggle with; what they are stricken with; what demons they possess! How often do we stroke the flames of discord, scandal and division by fomenting speculation that on the surface appear innocent and truthful, but underneath it all are unclean.
Here is the underlying problem: the spirit spewing the truth is the prince of lies. The words are correct but the purity is not there. The truth is spoken but love is absent. For this reason, the Lord wishes to have nothing to do with it. It is not enough to say, Lord, Lord! It is important to fall to our knees, to acknowledge or sin and to ask for mercy and forgiveness. The Lord does not seek the large crowds. In fact, they are at the point of crushing him! No, large crowds are meaningless. It is the person the Lord seeks. It is personal, intimate, conversion the Lord desires. One repentant soul is worth more to the Lord than a million fans!
We have all sinned! We are all in it together! When we make one worse than the other, we sin because we lie. When we glamorize sin, and try to cover over it up, we can rest assured that the truth shall disclose the fruit of sin. We are all ugly in the inside. The Cover Girl is just that - a cover, a cover for the truth that remains within.
“Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.” This is what the Lord desires. More than anything else, he wishes that my will be His. “Sacrifice or oblation you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me.” (Ps 40:6) Let us follow the pattern of the Lord, who climbed upon the highest cross even as the crowd grew smaller and smaller.