Saturday, April 8, 2017

When the Devil Knows More About Jesus Than We Do


Jesus was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum when something odd happened. A demon-possessed man was there. His demons were so stirred up about Jesus that the man started shouting.

"Let us alone! What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth! Have you come to destroy us? I know who You are - the Holy One of God!" (Luke 4:34 nasb)

The word translated as "know" means a "knowing with certainty." It's a word that indicates there's no doubt at all about the truth being spoken. 

The demons possessing the man knew without a doubt that Jesus was the Holy One of God, the Messiah and, at the moment, they were the only ones who did. 

The question for the demon-possessed man wasn't whether Jesus was the Messiah. The question was what he would allow Jesus to do in him.

Those demons knew that the Holy One could change the man's life forever. They wanted no part of Jesus, and they didn't want the man to have any part with Jesus, either.

Why?

They'd faced the same question we all face. What will we do about Jesus? 
The demons had made their decision long before. They refused to submit to His authority and bow down to Him. They didn't want anyone else to submit, either.

They still don't.

At some point in our lives, we'll all face the same decision. Our searching and questioning will come to an end and we will answer one pivotal question. 

What will we do with Jesus? 

It's a question with eternal consequences, but also one we must answer anew every day. 

What will we do with Jesus today?

Let's ignore the distractions of the evil one designed to keep us from Jesus and make this the day that we set aside our questions, our own priorities, our own love of the world. 

Let's make this the day that we embrace Jesus fully. 

Surrender completely. 

Follow closely.

Love and serve Him alone.
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