Jesus Had Authority Over Demons

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”                       – Matthew 8:28-29

This passage clearly defines the authority that Jesus had over the world of demons. The first thing we notice is that Jesus was just walking by and the demons that were in the men recognized who he was; they called him “Son of God.” The next thing we notice is that they recognized his authority to do them harm; “Have you come here to torture us?”

Then the demons began to beg. “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” Jesus responded with just one word; “Go!” “So they came out and went into the pigs.” Even the demons were subject to him.

It appears to me that the importance of this passage is that when we recognize who Jesus is he then is able to do his work in us. The result of the demonized men recognizing Jesus is that they confessed their own condition and begged Jesus for redemption.

Luke shows us another aspect of this deliverance. He wrote, “When [the people who lived in the region] came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind” (Luke 8:35). When he was freed from demons he wanted to learn from the master.

Mark gives another important aspect of the event. Mark records that Jesus told the man to “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed” (Mark 5:18-20).

What is the message? When we recognize who he is, and submit to him, he will free us from our demons and restore us to the person he intended us to become. Then we must share the story with others.

 Principle:  Authority to deliver is released when we recognize him.

 Affirmation:  I am free because the Son of God has freed me.

 Prayer:  Lord, you have freed me, now grant me the grace to remain free and the grace to share the story of freedom. In Jesus name, amen.

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