Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, “What do You have to do with us, Jesus — Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are — the Holy One of God!”
But Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”
Right from the beginning the enemy recognizes Lord Jesus and seeks to short-circuit His mission. This demonic minion, motivated by what must have been fear and an innate evil desire to blow up God’s plan, confesses openly who Jesus truly is. Lord Jesus will have none of it. He knows the source of this confession and quickly extricates the demon from the man confounding the synagogue attendees. Jesus knows His destiny and will pursue His own God given agenda.
He silences the enemy with a word.
The sovereign plan of God is in motion.
Jesus knows this and with His face set like flint for Jerusalem faithfully submits to it.