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 confesses openly who Jesus truly is motivated by what must have been fear and an innate evil desire to blow up God’s plan. Lord Jesus will have none of it and quickly extricates the demon from the man and confounds the synagogue attendees. Jesus will determine His own destiny and pursue His own God driven agenda. He silences the enemy with a word. The sovereign plan of God is in motion. Jesus knows this and faithfully submits to it – His face set like flint for Jerusalem.