What Jesus Did! 'Authority Over Demons' — Luke 4:33-37

Monday, March 2, 2015

In the synagogue there was a man that had an evil spirit from the devil inside him. The man shouted with a loud voice, "Jesus of Nazareth! What do you want with us? Did you come here to destroy us? I know who you are—God's Holy One!" But Jesus warned the evil spirit to stop. Jesus said, "Be quiet! Come out of the man!" The evil spirit threw the man down on the ground before all the people. Then the evil spirit left the man and did not hurt him. The people were amazed. They said to each other, "What does this mean? With authority and power he (Jesus) commands evil spirits and they come out." And so the news about Jesus spread to every place in the whole area.
— Luke 4:33-37
Illustration of Luke 4:33-37 — "What does this mean? With authority and power he (Jesus) commands evil spirits and they come out."

Key Thought

Jesus' authority—his personal power and integrity and the strength of his words—extended over Satan and the demonic world. Demons knew who Jesus was, yet they had no control or power over him. He had power over them. His command cast them out. So many of us today struggle with Satan because we've given him a foothold in our lives through deception, harbored bitterness, lust, or some other "secret" sin. Jesus still has power over Satan and the demonic world. His authority is superior. If we've let Satan build in our lives because of our sinfulness as we confront those difficult footholds and strongholds, we must bring Jesus' authority to bear. That means, first, confessing our sin openly to God in Jesus' name and, second, asking for our sin to be forgiven. Third, we need to not hold that sin secret just to ourselves, but confess our struggle to a strong believer (This often needs to be someone of our same gender.) and ask him or her to hold us accountable and encourage us. We also need to pray in the name of Jesus for deliverance from that sin and power to resist its temptation, asking for the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us. Finally, we need to stay away from evil and keep our hearts exposed to what is pure rather than flirting with the evil that has captured us. Does this work? Well, it's not a recipe or a mathematical formula. Our hearts have to seek after the Lord, trusting that he does have the power to deliver us. For most believers over the centuries, this is the path to victory. That path can be yours, as well!

Today's Prayer

Father, remove all the power of deception that the Devil has in my life and help me confront the areas of my weakness, stubbornness, rebellion, and sin so that my heart, soul, and body can be completely yielded to your direction. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus went to Capernaum, a city in Galilee. On the Sabbath day Jesus taught the people. They were amazed at Jesus' teaching, because he spoke with authority (power). In the synagogue there was a man that had an evil spirit from the devil inside him. The man shouted with a loud voice, "Jesus of Nazareth! What do you want with us? Did you come here to destroy us? I know who you are—God's Holy One!" But Jesus warned the evil spirit to stop. Jesus said, "Be quiet! Come out of the man!" The evil spirit threw the man down on the ground before all the people. Then the evil spirit left the man and did not hurt him. The people were amazed. They said to each other, "What does this mean? With authority and power he (Jesus) commands evil spirits and they come out." And so the news about Jesus spread to every place in the whole area. Jesus left the synagogue. He went to Simon's house. Simon's mother-in-law was very sick. She had a high fever. They asked Jesus to do something to help her. Jesus stood very close to her and commanded the sickness to leave her. The sickness left her. Then she got up and began serving them. When the sun went down, the people brought their sick friends to Jesus. They had many different kinds of sickness. Jesus put his hands on each sick person and healed them. Demons came out of many people. The demons shouted, "You are the Son of God." But Jesus gave a strong command for the demons not to speak, because they knew Jesus was the Christ. The next day Jesus went to a place to be alone. The people looked for Jesus. When the people found Jesus, they tried to stop him from leaving. But Jesus said to them, "I must tell the Good News about God's kingdom to other towns, too. This is why I was sent." Then Jesus told {the Good News} in the synagogues in Judea.

Luke Luke 4:31-44

Related Scripture Readings

"{When I was a Pharisee }, even I thought I should do many things against the name of Jesus from Nazareth. And in Jerusalem I did many things against the believers. The leading priests gave me the power to put many of these people (believers) in jail. When the followers of Jesus were being killed, I agreed that it was a good thing. In every synagogue I punished them. I tried to make them say bad things against {Jesus}. I was so angry against these people (believers) that I went to other cities to find them and hurt them. "One time the leading priests gave me permission and the power to go to the city of Damascus. I was on the way to Damascus. It was noon. I saw a light from the sky. The light was brighter than the sun. The light shined all around me and the men who were traveling with me. We all fell to the ground. Then I heard a voice talking to me in the Jewish language. The voice said, 'Saul, Saul, why are you doing these bad things to me? You are only hurting yourself by fighting me.' I said, 'Who are you, Lord?' The Lord said, 'I am Jesus. I am the One you are persecuting. Stand up! I have chosen you to be my servant. You will be my witness—you will tell people the things that you have seen about me today and the things that I will show you. This is why I have come to you today. I will not let {your own} people (the Jews) hurt you. And I will keep you safe from the non-Jewish people too. I am sending you to these people. You will show the people the Truth. The people will turn away from darkness (sin) to the light (good). They will turn away from the power of Satan, and they will turn to God. Then their sins can be forgiven. They can have a share with those people who have been made holy by believing in me.'"

Acts 26:9-18

Since the day we heard these things about you, we have continued praying for you. We pray these things for you: that you will know fully the things that God wants; that with your knowledge you will also have great wisdom and understanding in spiritual things; that you will use these things to live in a way that brings honor to the Lord and pleases him in every way; that you will do all kinds of good things and grow in the knowledge of God; that God will strengthen you with his own great power; that God will strengthen you, so that you will be patient and not quit when troubles come. Then you will be happy and give thanks to the Father. He has made you able to have the things he prepared for you. He has prepared these things for all his people who live in the light (good). God made us free from the power of darkness (evil). And he brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Jesus). The Son paid the price to make us free. In him we have forgiveness of our sins.

Colossians 1:9-14

When you were baptized, {your old self died and} you were buried with Christ. And in that baptism you were raised up with Christ because of your faith in God's power. God's power was shown when he raised Christ from death. You were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not free from the power of your sinful self. But God made you alive with Christ. And God forgave all our sins. We owed a debt because we broke God's laws. That debt listed all the rules we failed to follow. But God forgave us of that debt. God took away that debt and nailed it to the cross. God defeated the spiritual rulers and powers. With the cross God won the victory and defeated those rulers and powers. God showed the world that they were powerless. You died with Christ and were made free from the worthless rules of the world. So why do you act like you still belong to this world? I mean, why do you follow rules like these:

Colossians 2:12-15, 20

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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