Demons Are Cast Out

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Demons

Jesus went to Capernaum, which He later made His home since His own hometown, Nazareth, had rejected Him. He sets up His headquarters in Capernaum, the home town of Peter, Andrew, James and John. On the Sabbath Jesus gives a powerful message at the synagogue (v. 31). It is not recorded what His actual sermon was but we do know that the people were astonished at his teaching because His word was given with such power (v. 32). Jesus performed a series of healing miracles which showed that His teaching in Nazareth was true.

Demon possession was prevalent in Christ’s time and He is confronted by a demon possessed man (v. 33). It is interesting to note that man refused to acknowledge who Jesus was but the demon recognized Him as “the holy one of God” (v.34). This wicked demon did his utmost to resist the power of Christ but his effort was in vain. Jesus rebukes the demon and requires him to hold his peace (v. 35). When commanded to come out of the man, the evil spirit obeyed, but in the process threw the man into the air. It seemed that he was trying to cause as much injury as possible before leaving.

After all of this happened the people were amazed even more than they were before (v. 36). Immediately the story of Jesus’ power spread throughout all of Galilee (v. 37). The crowd noted that Jesus had authority and power over demons, and this caused His fame to spread.

Application

Demon possession is an uncontrollable force in a person’s life. However, it is possible for me to have other uncontrollable things in my life such as a bad temper. Is there anything that Jesus might  want to cast out of my life?

Luke 4:31-37 (English Standard Version)

And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, "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." 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. 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!" And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

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