Lent 2015, Led to the Cross: Grace triumphs over devils

1 Corinthians 7

Jesus battled with the devil and assaults of temptation in the wilderness for 40 days and triumphed. After that He returned to Nazareth, His home, preached in the synagogue and read Scripture, and explained that He would not perform any miracles in Nazareth because familiarity breeds contempt. His listeners became furious with His position, persecuted Him, and tried to kill Him. But Jesus just kept going- next to Capernaum to triumph over devils.

Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people.  They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. (Luke 4:31-32)

In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice,  “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God! (Luke 4:33)

“Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. (Luke 4:35)

The devil showed what he would have done, when he threw the man in the midst, with force and fury, as if he would have dashed him to pieces. Christ showed what a power he had over him, in that he not only forced him to leave him, but to leave him without so much as hurting him, without giving him a parting blow, a parting gripe. -Adapted from Matthew Henry commentary

All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area. (Luke 4:36-37)

No one doubted the truth of the miracle; it was evident beyond contradiction, nor was any thing suggested to diminish the glory of it, for they were all amazed, saying, What a word is this! They that pretended to cast out devils did it with abundance of charms and spells, to pacify the devil, and lull him asleep, as it were; but Christ commanded them with authority and power, which they could not gainsay or resist.  -Adapted from Matthew Henry commentary

In the breaking of Satan’s power, both the enemy that is conquered shows his malice, and Christ, the conqueror, shows his over-ruling grace.  Whom Satan cannot destroy, he will do all the hurt he can to; but this is a comfort, he can harm them no further than Christ permits; he shall not do them any real harm. He came out, and hurt him not; that is, the poor man was perfectly well in an instant, though the devil left him with so much rage that all that were present thought he had torn him to pieces. Christ’s power over devils was universally acknowledged and adored (Luke 4:36).  -Adapted from Matthew Henry commentary

Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
Forever, Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave. -Hillsong, Mighty to Save

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