Soon after the Savior called His first disciples, He went to the city of Capernaum and started teaching in the synagogue. Suddenly, a man with an unclean spirit came in and 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.” – Mark 1:24
The demon, speaking through the man, first asked the Lord, What have you to do with us? This phrase comes up several times in the Old Testament, and what it means is that the two parties have nothing in common. This demon and others like him were completely contrary to Jesus, and they were well aware of that. This phrase is also an idiom for, “Leave us alone!”
The demon refers to the Lord as Jesus of Nazareth. Not only were they aware of His name, but they were well aware of where He lived. This name, by the way, would be used in a derogatory way by Jesus’s enemies, because Nazareth didn’t have the greatest reputation.
After asking the Savior the first question, the demon moved to a second: Have you come to destroy us? Whether this demon asked out of fear, mockery, disdain, or any combination of the above, we do not know, yet we see an admission that the Savior could and would conquer Satan.
He continued, I know who you are–the Holy One of God. Now, demons are not omniscient. But it’s no surprise that this one and probably all of them were aware that the Holy One of God, that is the Messiah, the Servant of Yahweh, the seed of the woman, had begun His ministry. And doing all they could to stop Him from accomplishing His mission, they would utterly fail.
This demon himself had no chance against the King of Kings:
25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”
26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. – Mark 1:25-26
What a comfort this is to us, because the reality is that demons such as this one strive against us and would stop us if they could from accomplishing the mission on which Christ has sent us. And though they can hinder and disrupt, deceive and discourage, they are still nothing compared to our conquering King, who will finally crush them all under His heel.