“YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD”
7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. 11 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him. Mark 3:7-12
From the synagogue to the lake, Jesus was like the Pied Piper of Hamlyn; so much excitement that He was in danger of being trampled. The news of what He was doing had swept through the land like wildfire, even outside the borders of Israel. People came from as far afield as Tyre and Sidon and Trans Jordan, and from every corner of Israel.
It’s understandable that they would have run after Him, especially since sick and disabled people were being miraculously cured. There was no doctor anywhere that could do what He was doing. Hope and expectation flared up in people’s hearts that they could be delivered from their suffering.
There is a twist in this story. The people who mobbed Him lived in, and focused on what affected them in their natural and everyday lives. They were seemingly unaware that another dimension had broken into their world. What had initially attracted them to Jesus? Was it not what He was doing for them? Here was someone around, whom they needed.
But, in the midst of this hubbub were other voices from the other dimension – from the unseen realm of darkness that, up to this point, had had the stage all to themselves. They knew and spoke the truth because they understood who had authority over them. Although they were masters of deception themselves, they were neither ignorant nor deceived. They knew who Jesus was and they could not help but blurt it out because they were afraid. They knew they were illegal occupants of human beings who belonged to God.
Jesus reacted to them promptly, forbidding them to identify Him because He didn’t need demons to speak for Him and because every human being needs to make that decision for himself based on the evidence. We don’t need demons to tell us who Jesus is. We need to look at Him, listen to Him, weigh up the evidence and then decide who He is.
The testimony of a demon has no weight because it is not the witness of one whose life has been changed by faith in the one who is who He claims to be, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.