Friday, 19 September 2014
Eyewitness of the Spirit
Mark’s eyewitness account of Jesus casting out a troop of demons makes him come alive for us.
This event really happened. So did the rest of the story. In fact its the sights, smells, sounds, crowds, and pace that sweep us up in the reality that Jesus came. He lived. He died. He rose. The parts that Mark didn’t witness in person Peter recounted to him with a vividness that helps us see.
I love the eyewitness testimony of the gospels, especially in the weeks leading up to Easter. I want to see, hear, taste, and smell because I want to believe and keep believing. I need their witness.
God gave us the Scriptures for that purpose, but he also gave us another witness, the eyewitness of the Holy Spirit. He saw and heard everything–including the crucifixion. I never thought about that before today.
“He saw the whole bloody thing go down,” says Zac Hicks, worship leader at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Read his post and hear the song he wrote in response here.
It blew me away.