LUKE 4:41: “Demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus ordered them not to speak. After all, they knew he was the Messiah.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Who always knows who Jesus is? It is not the religious, for the Bible clearly tells us that Jesus came to His own (the Jewish people, the religious), and His own received Him not. It is not the sinner, for there were many sinners who encountered Jesus and heard His message, but did not repent. The group that always got it right, the group that always knew who Jesus was – were demons!
That is a peculiar observance, but also a very important one. In Luke 4 Jesus entered a synagogue, a place of worship, and He encountered a demon there, in a man, who cried out – “Oh, no! What do you want with us, Jesus from Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” (Luke 4:34 GW). Let’s put this into a present day context. Jesus goes to a church. The people of the church do not know who He is. However, a demon, possessing a man in the church, knows who He is, and cries out. If this happened in your church, how would you react?
Jesus was God in human flesh, the full manifestation of the light and love of the Father. Light always dispels darkness, unless one has their eyes covered. When Jesus, the light of the world, entered into that synagogue, there were many whose eyes were covered with a veil of unbelief, but the eyes of the demon were wide open. Absolute light confronted absolute darkness – and Jesus’ light dispelled the darkness! The amazing thing is that it was only the demon who really knew who Jesus was. The demon recognized the power of God and knew that Jesus had come to break their power of sin and darkness. The demon cried out because he knew he was defeated. The people simply wondered in amazement, but did not cry out to be saved.
So why is this observation so important? What practical application can it have for us today? We live in a culture that is influenced and dominated by the kingdom of darkness. In reality, our lives are either being influenced by the Kingdom of Light (Jesus Christ) or the kingdom of darkness (Satan and his demonic hosts). This week I was traveling and when I got to my hotel room I turned on the TV and started flipping through the channels. One channel was playing the “Grammy Awards”. As I briefly watched, the music that was being played, and the presentation of the music, was clearly influenced by the kingdom of darkness. I quickly changed the channel, but I marveled that everyone in the audience was cheering, and no one seemed to see or sense the kingdom of darkness’ influence.
We are living in troubling times. It is a time for those who proclaim faith in Jesus Christ to awaken and begin to walk in discernment and truth. I am not advocating demon hunting. Jesus never “hunted” demons. Jesus simply walked in the light and love of God the Father. His life, His light – dispelled and revealed darkness wherever He went. The only ones who did not see, were not the demons who were powerless before Him, but the religious and sinners who had a veil over their heart and eyes. When we turn to the Lord, when we walk in the light, this veil is taken away! When we begin to walk in His discernment and truth we can truly partner with Him in the ministry and power of the Holy Spirit.
- “The Spirit of the Lord is with me. He has anointed me to tell the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to announce forgiveness to the prisoners of sin and the restoring of sight to the blind, to forgive those who have been shattered by sin, to announce the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19 GW)
We need to stop giving a pass to those things that are influenced by the kingdom of darkness. We need to walk in the light, as He is in the light. If we live in the Spirit, we also need to walk in the Spirit! We need not fear as we proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Light always overcomes darkness. There is power in the Name of Jesus!
In Jesus Name!