In his account of the life of Christ, Luke has clearly given us evidence of the divinity and identity of Christ. We have heard from the prophets of old (Isaiah 7:14 & 60:1-3; Micah 5:2; Hosea 11:1; Jeremiah 31:15), angels (Luke 1:26-33; 2:8-14), wise men (Matthew 2:1-11) and others (Luke 2:25-38) that Christ is indeed God’s promised Messiah. We have been growing in our understanding of the person of Christ. But now Luke’s focus turns to the power of Christ. We now know Who He is. But what can He do? And what can He do for me? Today’s text gives us but a glimpse of His abilities and His mission.
Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him. Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” And the report about Him went out into every place in the surrounding region.” (Luke 4:33–37, NKJV)
When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ.” (Luke 4:40–41, NKJV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Jesus hasn’t changed. What He has done for others, He can also do for you.
Are you in need of a Savior? Call upon Him today.
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:11–13, NKJV)