Mark 1:21 They went to Capernaum;
and when the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. 22
They were astounded at his teaching, for
he taught them as one having authority,
and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there
was in their synagogue a man with an
unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out,
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of
Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are, the Holy One of
God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying,
“Be silent, and come out of him!” 26
And the unclean spirit, convulsing him
and crying with a loud voice, came out
of him. 27 They were all amazed, and
they kept on asking one another, “What
is this? A new teaching—with authority!
He commands even the unclean spirits,
and they obey him.” 28 At once his
fame began to spread throughout the
surrounding region of Galilee.
At the start of the Gospel of Mark, the
reader is fully informed about the identity of Jesus: the Christ, the Son of God.
This insider knowledge places the reader
in an unusual relationship with the actors in the story itself. The reader is not
wondering “who will Jesus turn out to
be?”, but rather, “Will the actors in the
story come to the same insight”…
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