Bible Devotions

Even Demons Worship Jesus

on September 30, 2011

When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. Mark 5:6 NKJV 


Read Mark 5:1-19.  It’s the story of a demon-possessed man Jesus healed.  After reading this story what seems like for the 100th time I noticed something about the way the demon-possessed man responded to Jesus’ presence, hence the reason for today’s verse.


Notice, if you will, the demon-possessed man was not in control of himself.  Mark 5:3-5 gives us a pretty clear picture of what this man’s life was like: “his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.” 

When this man saw Jesus coming towards the area, he ran and worshiped Him.  This is amazing to me.  We just saw how the man had no control over his life, but the demons within him controlled him.  So who was it running to met Jesus?  Was it not the demons within him?  Follow me on this.   

Even the demons, in their rebellion of God, recognize the authority of Jesus Christ.  With that recognition comes quick obedience and reverence through worship.  If the demons worship Jesus, how much more should “believers” run to worship Him?   

Thinking about the demon’s response to Jesus, made me think about my response to Jesus.  Do I run quickly to Jesus?  My first response might be to say “Yes, of course I do”, but if I am more honest with myself, I’d be willing to say “I would like to run to Jesus more, but I find myself trying to figure things out on my own first and when my attempts fail, I stagger head down to Jesus.”  Do I worship Him? Oh sure, at church when the music is loud and the whole congregation is singing I worship.  But is that where worship stops?  If I did worship I think part of it would be my willingness to come to Him first. 

Here’s a few thought provoking questions for you.  Are you quick to run to Jesus?  Do you reverence Him through worship?  If not, why?   

Lord Jesus, you have authority over all of us humans, angels and even the demons. You deserve our reverence and worship.  Help us fully recognize your authority and may we be quick to obey you and worship you. In Your name, Amen.  

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8 responses to “Even Demons Worship Jesus

  1. If we are instructed to worship God in spirit and truth, What, and or how do demons “worship” God

    • Elizabeth says:

      I see them worshiping God by acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God. Mark 5:6-7 NKJV says “When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”
      The demons in this demon-possessed man knew who Jesus was. Acknowledging His Diety is part of worship.

    • Bee says:

      I don’t believe the demon was worshipping Jesus. They indeed do recognize and fear, but I believe that the man for that moment came to himself and ran and feel at Jesus feet. The next instance the demon came up and spoke asking Jesus what they had to do with him

      • Kp says:

        I believe that the demon was worshiping Jesus, but it wasn’t in Spirit and in Truth. He was worshiping Jesus out of fear (“What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?”). Thankfully, we don’t have to worship the King of kings like that.

  2. Andrew says:

    Dear Friends,

    The demon was worshiping Jesus Christ. Let us not forget that they were crossing the sea at night so when they got to shore it was night time so the possessed man would not have seen or been able to tell that this was actually Jesus, instead the Demon recognized his presence and worshiped their creator.


  3. Keri B says:

    Not only do demons instinctively worship Christ as seen throughout the Gospels, they also seek His permission about what they can or can’t do as is the case when they asked Jesus to PERMIT them to enter a herd of swine upon being commanded by Jesus to come out of the man they had possessed- as seen in Matthew 8:31. Upon reading this scripture, notice how the demons knew two basic things 1). who Jesus is, i.e. Their Creator, His Divinity, and Authority over them due to their eternal past history, before their fall, was to continuously come into God’s Presence to worship Him and serve Him, requiring His instructions.This behavior is ingrained in them despite their fall; and 2). based in #1, they knew that Jesus was going to cast them out of the man, due them having done something they were not specifically instructed by God to do, and with this, they immediately requested that Jesus (God) allow them to go into the swine when they left the man, and amazingly, Jesus granted His permission. Why do I say “amazingly”?? Because this represents a portrait of demons petitioning God which is a type of prayer request, and it is also a form of worship, and God grants their request. All Christians should think about this illustration, because it is an important one. God readily granted the request of demons, how more readily will he grant the requests of those who are called by His Name. The Gospels are full of statements by Jesus repeatedly that as a believer, you can ask Him ANYTHING and it will be given unto you. It is an unconditional directive. God does NOT use this term loosely. He means EXACTLY what He said. Such asking however can never be something that violates God’s Word or Laws. This is the very reason why the Apostle Paul said, “all things are yours, even life and death are your servants” (1 Cor 3:21-22). Paul included all the Apostles, Prophets, and even the entire WORLD belongs to the children of God. How do you obtain these things?? By asking God the Father invoking the Name of Christ Jesus. God is waiting for all believers to ASK HIM continuously for any and all things you desire to be blessed of Him and empowered to do His Will.

  4. The bible says that let everything that hath breath praise Him

  5. Every knees must bow and tongues confess that Jesus is Son of God

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