Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon
Our sin, regardless of any other demons in our lives, keep us from God. Satan does exercise his power and his attempts to keep us from God are not unnoticed and not something of only biblical times.
Satan is the prince of the power of the air, there is a wrestling with demons that is going on, a fight with principalities and powers, etc. The forces of hell are active. The evil spirits of fallen angels are moving and plying their trade. They're withstanding the purposes of God, such as we saw in Daniel, you remember, so that God sometimes dispatches angels to deal with them. They are there. But listen to this, they prefer anonymity. They would rather that you would characterize that behavior as postpartum blues. They would far rather that you would define that behavior as the effect of child abuse or a failure to take your medication. They really don't want you to know they're there. They don't want to be exposed. But in the presence of Jesus they had no option. And what happened was Jesus just being there confronted them and they gave up their anonymity unwillingly by the sheer force of His personality. Jesus walks into a synagogue in the fourth chapter of Luke, as we learned. He walks into the synagogue, there is a man there, Jesus is preaching the gospel that He came to set the prisoners free, to give sight to the blind. He came to give spiritual wealth to the poor. He came to free the oppressed from their burdens. The poor prisoners, blind and oppressed, this is the acceptable favorable year of the Lord and He's preaching the gospel and this demon just blurts out of this guy, "HA, what do we have to do with You?" And in the presence of Jesus Christ, he cannot restrain his fear. He was so terrified at the presence of the Son of God that he exposed himself and that happened again and again and again in the encounters that Jesus had with the demon possessed during the time of His life.
Jesus exposes the sin in our lives through our relationship with Him. As we grow in our relationship with God the magnitude of our sinfulness is revealed and our need for a Saviour is displayed. It doesn't matter if you were a child of a young age with not too much of a sinful past behind you or an inmate on death row with days left of your life--we all need a Saviour. However, when we are saved, we all have the ability to be ambassadors for Christ and do tell our story of how we became a child of God. Regardless of our past, we are now a new creation in Him. Our changed lives have the power to lead others to Jesus, the story doesn't even have to come from us.
MacArthur says :
We have the capacity to be overcome with demons and Jesus has the power to set us free. Nothing is impossible with Christ. He came to save us and we all need to be saved.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 8:40-48