Where Does His Power Come From? (Luke 11:14-23)

Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15 But some of them said, “By Beelzebub, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” 16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.

17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.

23 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.  (Luke 11:14-23)

Learn it:

            Luke has normally been spending more time focusing on the miracles of Jesus but in this story, Luke decides to focus more on how the crowd responds to Jesus.  Jesus cast the demon out of a man, and he begins to speak again.  One would think that this is a great thing that has been done.  But people begin to debate about where Jesus gets his power from.  Some say they come from Beelzebub, which is Satan, and some are undecided and are waiting for more signs. 

            Jesus decides to focus on the people that say his power is from Satan.  He tells them that it cannot be from Satan because a divided kingdom will fall.  There would be chaos and it is just not a possibility.  He gives them a clear warning that if his power is from God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived.  The comes with more troubling news, that if you are not with him then you are against him.  If you are against him, you will be scattered! 

Live it:

            This passage is a reminder for us of how powerful Jesus was and is.  There is nothing that can stand against him.  His power is greater than Satan’s.  He was challenging the crowd that there are only two options to where is power is coming from.  It is coming from either Satan or God.  There is no middle ground.  That is a choice that every person has to make during their life if they hear about the gospel.  They either will hear it and accept it or hear it and reject it. 

 

            If you have accepted Jesus then you have access to this same power that Jesus has.  It has awesome implications for the community of believers.  There is nothing that we cannot overcome.  We will only be defeated if we fail to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit.  We are not going through life on our own and we need to be surrounded by fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  How can you rely on someone today with something you are struggling with?  How can you help lift up a fellow believer? 


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