One may say, “We do not need to worry about the spiritual realm. We have evolved past these things. All that matters is what you see in the here and now.” Yet, we must realize that every generation has their skeptics. Even in Jesus’ time, the religious leaders argued over the existence and role of the supernatural. The Pharisees believed in the supernatural and the resurrection, while the Sadducees did not believe in the supernatural.
Until recently, many believed that truth could be discovered by the scientific method (gather, hypothesis, test, conclusion). Now, truth is personal, subjective, and relative. Someone defined “finding your truth” as “to live in your truth simply means to live as your most authentic self, doing things daily that bring you happiness and joy, living as true to yourself as possible.” The worldview to this is that we do not need anyone else’s help (not even God’s) in order to find our joy. Rather than denying ourselves as Jesus called us to do, we are called to live as true to ourselves.
Jesus has something better. His lordship over our lives is better than our lordship over our lives. He spent three years with his disciples, teaching them all about the Kingdom of God–and getting a front row seat to see the King at work in the world. They had just observed Jesus’ lordship over the natural world by calming the storm with a word. While they were terrified at the storm outside their boat, they couldn’t help but ask with great fear, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him” (Mark 4:41)? Now, rather than having a restful break on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, they have another encounter. Jesus would use this encounter to (1) free someone from Satan’s grip, but also (2) show His disciples that His lordship extends to the spiritual realm–even the demonic realm. Let’s get to work and see what God has to teach us here in 2022.