Unclean spirits, python spirits, divination spirits, seducing spirits, and spirits of infirmity. It seems strange the first miracle of Christ is seldom discussed in church circles or preached from our nations’ pulpits. “What was the first miracle of Christ,” you ask? Was it walking on water, feeding thousands with a few fishes, turning water into wine, healing the sick or raising the dead?
No, the first miracle was none of the above. The first miracle of Christ was deliverance. (I know what you were taught, but Biblical scholars still debate this because John said the first miracle was in Cana (John 2:11). The other three Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, did not agree. Matthew suggests it was the man with leprosy (Matthew 8:1-4). Mark and Luke say deliverance. With two witnesses, I'm going with Mark and Luke (Mark 1:23, Luke 4:33). I don't think Jesus did any miracles before the Holy Ghost came on him.)
Nevertheless, and don't miss the main point, Christ cast out an unclean spirit, a demon, out of a man. Not only did He cast it out of the man, but Jesus also spoke to the spirit, it was done in public, probably embarrassed someone in attendance, and certainly was an uncommon event. The main point is this. A man walked away free. As suggested, this was Christ’s first act of public ministry. Decide for yourself.
THE FIRST MIRACLE
Right after Christ’s wilderness confrontation with Satan, He went to church. While there a man with an unclean spirit spoke to him with a loud voice saying “let us alone.”
“And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits and they do obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.” (Mark 1:23-28)
Let’s pull out eleven interesting facts:
- The unclean spirit was inside a man.
- The man was in church.
- The spirit had a voice and spoke.
- The spirit recognized Christ.
- The spirit manifested in the Anointed One’s presence.
- The spirit wanted to be left alone.
- There was more than one spirit in the man –“leave us alone.”
- The unclean spirit did the speaking.
- These spirits were afraid Christ came to destroy them.
- The spirits knew who Jesus was, the Holy One of God.
- This unclean spirit was uncivil and confrontational.
We don’t know much about the man only that he wasn’t sitting in the church alone. This man had company, an unclean spirit.