7643 - Power Over Spirits


As Creator of everything, God has power over everything, including spirits.

At this time in our study through the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is involved with his disciples in what some call the Great Galilean Ministry. The big purpose of this time together was to train these disciples in the things of God. These men around Jesus would be the early leaders in establishing and nourishing the Church in its infancy.

It’s hard to grasp the immensity of this task. There were no seminaries, no Bible schools — in fact, no Bibles. But God’s plan was to reveal Himself in and through His Son, Jesus Christ; so that faith might spring forth and grow as they learned the nature and character of God through him.

Then at Pentecost the Holy Spirit would come and inhabit and empower these men and every Christian in a way, which had never occurred before!
These men were caught up in totally new expectations, in a new empowerment, for a new age — the age of the Church — the body of Christ.

Already they had observed that Jesus had power and authority to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and to raise the dead. Jesus had also revealed his authority over nature, and even over sin.

But they had to have more time, more experiences, and even some practice in trusting God.

In the passage for today, Luke 8:27-39 they would observe Jesus breaking the heavy shackles of sin and demonic slavery of a man in the area of Gadara.

I’ll read selected verses in this passage (Lk. 8:26-32, 35-37).

When Jesus stepped ashore, He was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at His feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!" For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.

Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"

"Legion," he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

... and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Friend, this was no ordinary case. This man was possessed by many demons. He had supernatural power. No one could tame him. His evil ways had made him a social outcast.

When this man saw Jesus the demon spirits recognized Him as the Son of the Most High God. They knew His authority over them. They knew at the end of time they would be placed in torment. They knew that Jesus could send them to the abyss to await that judgment. They begged Jesus not to do that.

This man experienced healing and cleansing of his soul, which had not been his blessing before.

The people who came out to see what was happening found a man they had feared, one who had terrorized them. There he sat dressed and in his right mind. What unknown, awesome power is this? So they asked Jesus to leave them.

The cleansed man begged Jesus to permit him to go with them. Jesus sent the man back home to give testimony to those who could see the transformation.