Luke 4:31–37 (ESV)
Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Demon
And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he
cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha! 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.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And
when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!”
37 And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
Here is a miracle where Jesus shows us that not only does he teach with authority, but he has authority over unclean spirits.
We must remember that Jesus was present and part of the creation of the world. Jesus always has been, is current, and will always be... God! Jesus is part of the Trinity, the Triune God. Triune being 3 in 1. There are three persons
making up one God. Some want to say 1+1+1=3 Gods. I say no... bad math! 1x1x1=1 God! The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are three persons, yet one God. This is a difficult concept that we cannot come to grips with except through
faith. Outside of faith, the Trinity doesn’t make sense. If God is the creator of all things, that means he created Satan and all his demons. Well that is right and wrong. God created all things, including angels.
Angels are God’s messengers. Well, it was Lucifer who chose to deviate from God's plan. God did not create evil angels... he created angels that decided to become evil. Lucifer decided he wanted to take on and be God, but that didn’t
work so good. There was a battle and he lost. I am 4 years younger than my brother and I remember when I was 16, I knew I could whip my brother. We got in a fight and I remember being lifted up over my brothers head and thrown across the
table! I was yelling for Mom the whole time! It didn’t work, I was wrong. The difference is my brother is not God. Satan is a created being, he is NOT the Creator. He never will be. God will always be more powerful.
The reason I’m talking about this is because I’m not as much amazed at Satan driving out evil spirits as I am of the fact that the demon knew Jesus! It is the evil spirit that calls out: 34 “Ha! 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.” It is amazing that the devil and his demons know that Jesus is “the Holy One of God!” Remember, the demons got kicked out of
heaven. They knew Jesus when they dwelled in heaven. Now they see Him on earth and they are scared of Him. Jesus shows his authority when he commands the demon to “Be silent and come out of him!” The demon came out of the
man and left! The demon packed his bags and left; the demon knew Jesus. Now what confuses me is how the world rejects Jesus as God, but the demons know he is God. If you don’t know or
question whether Jesus is truly God, hey... ask the demons... they know. The only problem is you can’t trust the demons. But sit back and observe who packed their bag and left the scene! I pray: O Lord, I know who you are, the
Holy One of God. Help me to plant the seeds of faith in the community and I pray that the Holy Spirit convicts, converts and sanctifies those where the seed is cast. Converting non-believers to believers is your job. Help me to focus on planting
and harvesting while you provide the conversion and growth. Protect me from Satan and all his demons. I know you have my back and you have all authority over Satan and his demons. Help me to keep my eyes on you. I give thanks for all
you have done for me. Amen!