Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Jesus Power Over Demons

Jesus came to reverse the curse.

Luke 8:27-33  As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet him. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in a cemetery outside the town.

28 As soon as he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down in front of him. Then he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Please, I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had already commanded the evil spirit to come out of him. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned.

Luke 11: 17 He knew their thoughts, so he said, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 18 You say I am empowered by Satan. But if Satan is divided and fighting against himself, how can his kingdom survive? 19 And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists? They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said. 20 But if I am casting out demons by the power of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you. 21 For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe 22 until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings.

Jesus power included the ability to rule over the demonic forces that he encountered, this was a well known fact that every demon knew, just look at how they always reacted every time that they were in his presence. Not only were they scared of him but most of them actually acknowledged who Jesus was and they made it clear that they were powerless against him.

The people knew that there were only two forces that could control Satan's demons, Jesus was one option but they didn't want to admit that he had the power so they accused him of being a demon and pulling some kind of trick on the other demons. They were desperate to explain Jesus power, as silly as it seems that Satan would be fighting against Satan, they could not admit that Jesus was God.

Satan is powerful and dangerous but our Savior makes the claim that he is stronger than our enemy (1 Peter 5:8, Luke 11:21-22) . The Devil refuses to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and continues to fight a battle that we cannot see, the battle to destroy the Devil and reverse the curse of sin (Ephesians 6:10, 1 John 3:8).

I must not allow myself to look at the evil in this world and get a defeated attitude. Jesus proved that he is in control of the forces of evil and the evil will be overcome with good.

Thank you Lord for loving me and defeating the Enemy so that I can spend eternity with you.

Jesus control over demons: