A Power that Cannot Be Matched

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Reading: Luke 11:14-26
And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, “He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.” And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
In this passage, the Gospel shows us Jesus freeing a young man from a demon. This young man, who could not speak because of the spirit that afflicted him, in that instant began to speak. Therefore many were amazed.
But there were some who weren’t willing to accept the implication of what they had just seen. These people decided to spread a terrible slander about Jesus, saying, “He casts out demons with the power of Beelzebub (Satan).”
Jesus knows their thoughts and intentions, and tells them, “If I cast out demons with the power of Beelzebub, those of you who also do it, with whose power are you acting?”
In those days, there were many who were tricking people, doing exorcisms that resembled more the acts of sorcerers than of servants of God. The lie that these people are preaching testifies against themselves. It presents a stark contrast to Jesus, who does have the power and authority to cast out evil spirits.
Not only that, Jesus says to them, “How is it possible, if I come on the behalf of Beelzebub, that I am dedicated to destroying his work? How can I, if it is like that, have a higher authority?”
What they have just witnessed is the evidence of who Jesus is, and they don’t know another power that is like His.
Jesus’ work in the life of those who know Him produces a true freedom; it is not only a simple external change (to sweep and put things in order). When we are truy transformed by the Lord, our hearts change. When someone’s faith is superficial, he will return to be how he was before, or even worse.
Only Jesus can truly change us. Only He, the Son of God, has the power and the authority to undo the works of the enemy completely and totally.
Meditate: Are we trusting and seeking Jesus so that He will transform us, or are we satisfied with a simple sweeping? Is there anyone other that Jesus that can do such a thing as transform a heart and free it in that way?

Translation By: Emily Stader

Sebastián Winkler (92)

Sebastián Winkler lives in General Pinto, a small town in the interior of Argentina, and serves the Lord in the Baptist Church of his city as a teacher of Bible studies. He is a Professor of Literature, he likes music, reading and sharing the Bible with others.
He is married to Karina they have two daughters named Julia and Emilia.
He is the main author in his blog: engraciaysabiduria.com (in spanish)

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