Jesus the Champion

Posted: November 13, 2016 in Luke, Uncategorized

Luke 8:26-39, “Jesus the Champion”

He was the Italian Stallion.  Although I’ve never watched much real boxing, as a kid I was a fan of the Rocky movie series.  There was something about this eternal underdog that was compelling.  Even when he was the (fictional) heavyweight champion of the world, you never knew if Rocky would win the match.  He would get beat to a pulp, and if something didn’t happen soon, he’d go down in flames.  Part of the fuel of the movies was the drama and question whether or not if Rocky was strong enough to handle the challenger.

That’s fun in a movie, but not when life is really on the line.  When real-life challenges come, we don’t want to wonder whether or not we’ll endure…we want victory to be assured.  We want to know everything is going to be OK.  In those times, we don’t want a questionable Rocky Balboa; we want a sure thing.

Jesus is a sure thing.  He isn’t merely the heavyweight champion of the world; He’s the Creator and the champion of the whole universe!  His power is never in question, for His power is limitless.  There is no task He cannot accomplish, no sickness He cannot heal, no difficulty He cannot overcome, and no demon He cannot command and conquer.

What we see in our text is a skirmish in a larger spiritual war – one that has been enduring for ages.  Yet unlike most wars, the outcome of this one is not in doubt.  There is no chance of anything less than a total victory for the Lord Jesus and an absolute defeat and humiliation of Satan.  Jesus has all the power, all the knowledge, and even all the authority over heaven and earth.  When Jesus speaks a word, Satan and his minions have to act.  Jesus is the eternal Champion, because Jesus is God.

Contextually, as Jesus continued His Galilean ministry of preaching and teaching, He just got done showing the importance of faith.  Faith is necessary in the life of a Christian – you cannot even be a Christian without it!  Those who have faith are the very family of Jesus, it’s that essential.  The apostles received an object lesson in this when they were all in a small fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee.  When a sudden (perhaps even supernatural) storm arose, the disciples betrayed their own lack of faith in their panic, for they assumed their own death even while the Son of God was on board with them.  If it was a test of faith, they failed (as so many of us do from time to time).

It is on the heels of that event that this next one takes place.  Jesus showed Himself stronger than the storm; He is also stronger than Satan.  Jesus is the most strong – He is the ultimate Champion.

Luke 8:26–39

  • Encounter (26-29)

26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.

  • Jesus and the 12 were still in the boat when Luke left them last, and now he writes of where they went: “the country of the Gadarenes,” or the “Gerasenes,” according to some texts.  The main idea is that Jesus and the others were on the eastern side of the lake, in a region that was perhaps mostly Gentile, no doubt with some Jews mixed among them.  Why was Jesus there – what was so important to make the journey?  One man, who met Him on the shore.
  • Luke and Mark each record one man, while Matthew records two.  Perhaps one was worse off than the other – perhaps the testimony of one was more famous.  In the end, we don’t know why the Scripture describes it differently, although there is no contradiction – simply a variance in the viewpoint of the authors.  The bottom line is that there was at least one demoniac there, and he was in a really bad way.  Although he once lived among friends and family in the city, now he was an outcast, living a feral-like existence.  Virtually wild, he went out naked and insane, living in the graveyard tombs when he needed shelter.
    • Talk about someone who was lost!  Most people have experienced some kind of spiritual affliction in the past (even if it went unrecognized); few have experienced anything like this!  Driven mad by the demons, he lived a life more like an animal than a human, and what life he had was around the dead.  Few of us have had that literal extreme, but you may have had a taste of it.  Utter hopelessness – virtual insanity – feeling more dead than alive, and what you do have is essentially being a doormat for the devil.  What hope has a person like that?  None, apart from a miracle.  Jesus is a miracle!  Jesus alone can give true hope and healing.
  • You know hope had to have arrived with Jesus, because it was at that moment the demons started to panic.  Vs. 28…

28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!”

  • Note: as soon as the demoniac saw Jesus, he knew exactly who He was, and that caused him to fear…and fear greatly.  What a contrast with the disciples!  They wondered what kind of Man was with them in the boat; the demon(s) didn’t wonder at all.  He knew who this was: “Jesus, Son of the Most High God.”  He is:
    • “Jesus”: the Man of Nazareth, born of Mary.  Fully human just like any man, though He certainly did not blend into the background for these demons.  Jesus needed no introduction to the demoniac.
    • “The Son of God”: the demons know Jesus’ divinity just as easily as His humanity.  And why not?  The demons may be in rebellion against God, but they still recognize their Creator.  The Father made all things through Christ, and the angelic orders are included with that right along with the physical universe.  As Paul wrote to the Colossians, Jesus made things both “visible and invisible” (Col 1:16).
    • “The Son of the Most High God”: How high & exalted is God the Father & Jesus the Son?  Higher even than the demons.  Satan wanted to be as God, and surely the other demons desire the same.  Yet deep down they know the truth: there is only one God.  No matter how powerful another being might be, there is only one God who is “Most High.”  That is our God, the God of the Bible – the God revealed to us in Jesus Christ.
      • If God is Most High, do you treat Him as such?  Do you worship Him in this way?  Do you give Him that kind of love & attention?  The demon understood God to be Most High, but the demon did not worship God as He is.  Be careful that your relationship with God does not more closely resemble that of the devil than the angels!
  • This particular demon (or set of demons) had a complaint and a request.  The complaint: “Why are You in my business?”  When the demon asked, “What have I do to with You?” he was basically saying that he had been minding his own business, and that Jesus had no cause to step in on his turf.  He was wrong.  The whole world is Jesus’ turf, being the Son of God.  Any business is His business.  Besides, the demons were in rebellion against God & thus Jesus has the right to step in at any time & reestablish order.  One more thing: the demon had possession of a human.  This was a man for whom Jesus was about to die.  He had come to seek & save the lost, and there were few more lost than this man.  You bet Jesus had business here!
    • There is no sphere of the world where Jesus cannot invade.  There is no person too lost who Jesus cannot claim.  Satan may want Jesus to leave, but he cannot command Jesus out.  That kind of authority goes in one direction only.
  • The request: “Do not torment me!”  Question: was the demon afraid of Jesus engaging in some form of torture, as if nothing would give Jesus more glee than ripping the demon limb-from-limb?  No.  At least, that’s not the character of our Jesus (though who knows what does through the mind of a demon?).  The issue was one of authority.  Even the demon understood that Jesus had the right to do whatever He wanted to with the demon.  There was one place in particular the demon feared: the pit/abyss (vs. 31), and although Jesus could send him there, the demon begged Him not to.
    • As much as the devil might complain about God, he & his demons recognize the authority of God (which is ironic considering their rebellion against Him.)  That begs an uncomfortable question: Why do we have so much trouble recognizing something that comes so naturally to the demons?  Sadly, it seems that they sometimes have the better theology.  At least they believe God to be Who the Bible says that He is, and they tremble (Jas 2:19).  Many humans don’t even do that!  Don’t let a demon have better theology than you.  Recognize the authority of Jesus in your life, and go a step further than the demons: willingly give that authority to Him, and obey Him as your Lord.
  • What made this particular demon fear future torment?  Luke fills in the details on vs. 29…

29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.

  • The demon may have recognized Jesus’ authority, but he was doing his best to resist it for as long as possible.  Jesus had “commanded” the demon to leave, but the demon didn’t want to go.  He had been there a long time, and was comfortable.  There’s no small irony in the demon’s request for Jesus not to torment him, considering that this was exactly what he had been doing to the man for years.  It regularly “seized” the man like a sudden epileptic fit, forcibly taking hold of him, causing him to be a danger to himself & others.  The demon gave the man supernatural strength, and not in a good way.  Chains could not hold him, and who knows what the man might do in that condition?  Although his expulsion from the town seems cruel, it may have been the safest of all possible options.
  • Question: Is this kind of demonic affliction real?  Yes.  Be careful not to simply write this off as ignorance of emotional problems or mental diseases.  Don’t dismiss this as ancient superstition about hormonal imbalances, etc.  The ancients were not stupid.  They may not have been able to diagnose everything, but they knew demon possession to be real…and it is.  In fact, our culture is far more likely to misdiagnose a problem’s root cause from our unwillingness to accept the reality of demons.  Keep in mind this isn’t an either/or situation.  Some people have true mental illnesses – some are demonized – some perhaps have a combination.  We need to be careful neither to simply assume demon possession, nor rule it out altogether.  Ask the Spirit for discernment & for specific help in knowing when it takes place & how to deal with it.
  • The key to remember is that we live in a spiritual world, and there are indeed spiritual forces at work.  Paul referred to this in his letter to the Ephesians: Ephesians 6:12, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."  There is a spiritual realm we cannot yet see, but most certainly exists.  We encounter battles here all the time.  So if we face a spiritual battle, what is it that we need?  A spiritual champion…and that is exactly who we have in the Lord Jesus!
  • The demon’s complaint aside, Jesus still needed to deal with the problem, and that’s what He went on to do…
  • Exorcism (30-33)

30 Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.

  • Anytime Jesus asks a question, it’s always interesting.  After all, He knows everything.  What information can we possibly provide that He does not already possess?  Yet He asks.  Sometimes, it’s for our own benefit, as in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve (“Where are you?”).  Sometimes it’s for the benefit of those listening, which was likely the case here.  Jesus asked the demon his name, and demon replied “Legion,” in reference to the many demons inside this one man.  At the time, a legion was a unit of 5000 Roman soldiers (at least), so there was no question of the problem here.  This man was completely overrun by demons…he was drowning in them!  And that goes back to why Jesus asked the question.  Remember that Jesus was not alone in this encounter, but was accompanied by His disciples.  They had just struggled with their own issue of faith, wondering if Jesus was going to let them die at sea.  Did Jesus even have the power to help them there?  That question was answered when Jesus rebuked the wind & waves by His word.  But if there were any lingering doubts about His power, those doubts would be laid to rest here.  They had seen Jesus cast out single demons in the past, but what would happen when He faced an army of them?  What kind of power did Jesus have?  What was the limit?  (Answer: none!)
    • Have you ever wondered if Jesus was strong enough to handle the trials of your life?  Have you ever endured something so intense that you just assumed God wouldn’t/couldn’t do anything about it?  Maybe He’s come through in the past in smaller things, but this one was just too big.  Here this clearly: there is nothing too big!  Jesus can calm a storm at sea, and He can bring an entire army of demons to their knees – even to the point of their begging Him for mercy.  There is nothing too hard for Him to handle.
  • What was it that they were begging?  They wanted to avoid the “abyss.”  We don’t know much about these sorts of spiritual places, but the Scripture does speak of a bottomless pit (Rev 9) which seems to be some kind of demonic prison.  Peter wrote of a place where demons were kept in chains of darkness (2 Pt 2:4).  Whatever it was, it was bad enough for even demons to fear going there.  (That must be bad!)  Thus they begged Jesus not to send them there.
    • It’s a good reminder to us that the demons are not in charge of anything.  People often have the mistaken idea that the devil is the ruler of hell, and that is simply wrong.  Satan (one day) will not rule hell; he will be an inmate there.  Hell was actually made for the demons (Mt 25:41)…the fact that humans end up there at all is a tragedy, and one that God desires all people to avoid.
    • Thankfully, God gives people the opportunity to avoid it through the gospel!  No one has to go to hell.  All we need do is believe upon Jesus Christ…
  • So if the demons weren’t to go to the abyss, where would they go?  A herd of pigs, vs. 32…

32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. 33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.

  • Some have wondered why there was a herd of swine present at the time.  (1) Jesus seemed to be in primarily Gentile area, and there would be no dietary restrictions upon them.  (2) Even if Jesus was around Jews in the area, we shouldn’t be surprised at their disobedience.  Considering our own disobedience to God, we shouldn’t be shocked by anyone else!
  • That said, the fact that there were a bunch of swine there made for an easy request for Jesus to answer.  The legion of demons could not be allowed to stay in the man, but they could go into the pigs, as a witness unto the Lord.  That kind of miracle would certainly call attention to the Jewish Messiah, no matter what the race of people who were watching.  What happened to the demons afterward?  We don’t know.  We do know that this particular man was freed from them, and most likely remained free the rest of his life.  He had come under the protection of the Lord Jesus & that was enough.
  • BTW – Please note the ease with which Jesus accomplished this.  He didn’t struggle with the demons – He didn’t engage in long debates with them – He didn’t go through some elaborate ritual, etc.  He simply gave a command, and they had to obey.  When Jesus spoke, they had no other option.  That is the power Jesus has over the demons.  (Anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you something.)  When it comes to Jesus versus the demons, there’s no contest! 
  • Evidence (34-39)

34 When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country.

  • The disciples weren’t the only witnesses present for the miracle.  The pig-farmers were there as well.  No doubt this would have been quite a shock & they fled in fear & spread the news.  The power of God was on clearly on display, and it was fearsome & undeniable.  It always is!  When people know it’s real, they cannot help but react!
  • This is one of the problems with the charlatans who go around making a spectacle of supposedly casting demons out of people.  All of the counterfeit stuff cheapens the real miracles.  People see what is so obviously fake (or worse, some forms of spiritual manipulation & abuse), and they write off everything the Bible says about it as being false.  They lump in the rest of Christianity with what they witnessed in the sideshow.  But when it’s real?  That sort of thing cannot be denied.  When a person is instantly transformed by the power of Jesus – when the devil instantaneously loses his grip upon a person’s soul – that sort of thing is known.  That’s the sort of thing that can cause people to truly fear God, seeing Him for who He is.  Thus, that is exactly the sort of thing we need more of: true transformations through the gospel of Jesus Christ!
  • And that’s exactly what people saw that day.  Vs. 35…

35 Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 36 They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed.

  • We can only wonder how many people turned out to see the sight, but no doubt it was a lot.  This man had surely developed quite a reputation among the townspeople.  How could he not?  He was able to break restraining chains, and roved around naked & mad.  Most likely every single person in town knew of the demoniac in the graveyard by the lake.  He was probably a cautionary tale for children, like the bogeyman.  For a man with that sort of reputation to be totally cleansed from his demons was a sight people would need to see for themselves to know it to be true.  And it was!  They came out, and saw the man “sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind.”  Amazing!  It would be like watching a meth-addict who was completely strung out being absolutely still, calm, and cleansed as if nothing had ever affected his life in the first place.  What an impact!  What a testimony!  Would it have an effect upon the crowds?  No question…but it may not be the effect we would expect.  Vs. 37…

37 Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned.

  • Leave?!  They asked Jesus to “depart”?!  Why?  Luke tells us: “they were seized with great fear.”  They saw the transformation of the man, and like the pig-farmers, they came to grips with the reality of the power of Almighty God in their presence.  They feared…and their fear was understandable.  How could they not?  As a whole, people have a tendency to get caught up in their own lives, and if someone does not have an ongoing relationship with God through Jesus Christ, they don’t usually give God too much consideration.  Sure, they might pray when a loved one is sick, or when they have some kind of difficulty – they might go to church a couple of times a year – but otherwise, God is the furthest thing from their minds.  But to encounter something like this, that is undeniable.  There was no question in their minds that the man was infested by demons, so to see him completely cleansed at the feet of another Man who did the work was terrifying.  Who else can defeat demonic hordes other than the Almighty God?  Confronted with the reality of God, they feared immensely.
  • There are two ways to respond to the fear of God: (1) to embrace it, or (2) to run from it.  That God is going to be fearsome is a foregone conclusion.  After all, He’s God.  How can someone not fear the Lord, when confronted by Him?  Sure, some might act tough & put on a good front – but they haven’t been confronted with the reality of the Living God.  Every time the Bible shows people coming to grips with God, it shows them falling on their face or some other expression of fear/worship.  That’s just what happens.  So knowing the fear of God is a reality, what do we do with it?  Some people run.  They can’t stand the thought of the perfection of God & the true sinfulness of their own sin.  They can’t bear the idea of facing the judgment of God in eternity.  And instead of falling to their knees and asking for mercy & forgiveness (which God graciously gives through Jesus!), they run the other way.  They think that shutting their eyes to the reality of God makes Him go away.  It doesn’t.  Reality is reality, and it must be faced.  If you walk out into the middle of the highway, you’re going to face reality at some point, even if your eyes are closed so you can’t see the Mack truck bearing down upon you.  The right response to the fear of God is not to run from it, but to embrace it.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Pro 9:10) in that it causes us to see God rightly, and drives us to our knees in worship.  Yes, God IS all-powerful – yes, God WILL judge all people.  That sort of news ought to sober us up & cause us to tremble at the thought of our sins.  But that’s the same sort of thing that can drive us to our knees in repentance, seeking the love & forgiveness of Jesus, which is what He freely offers.
  • As for the people of the town, they made the wrong choice.  They ran.  Or rather, they asked Jesus to leave them.  And He did so.  Jesus doesn’t force Himself upon anyone.  Eventually, all peoples everywhere will recognize Jesus as Lord, but He isn’t going to force anyone to come to Him in faith as their Savior.  If someone wants to reject Jesus, he/she is free to do so.  Foolish, but free.  Forgiveness is available for the asking, but we need to be willing to ask.  The same transforming power of God was available to any single person in that crowd, as was available to that former demoniac.  Surely the man wasn’t the only person among the Gerasenes/Gadarenes who had problems.  He wasn’t the only person with sickness, affliction, etc.  He certainly wasn’t the only one with sin.  But he was the only one who received the cleansing of Jesus.  All the others needed to do was ask.  (Ask!  What are you waiting for?)
  • Jesus left.  He and the disciples had come a long way through a hard storm to get there, and it seems they didn’t even spend the night.  Was it worth it?  You bet.  Even if the trip had been made only for the one man (or two men, from Matthew), the effort was worth it.  As the Good Shepherd, Jesus gladly leaves 99 sheep to go & search out 1 who is lost.  He searched out this one in the graveyard.  He searched out you & me in our death & despair.  He’s still seeking and saving those who are lost.  To Him, any one person is worth it.

38 Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” …

  • Before Jesus left, there was one person who sought to follow Him: the former demoniac.  The demons had begged not to be sent away; the man begged to go with Jesus.  He wanted to be a disciple, following Jesus every day of his life.  And who could blame him?  His life had been completely transformed in an instant!  Who knows how long the man had been trapped within demonic insanity, unable to have a single night of peace?  It’s no wonder that he wanted to spend the rest of his days with Jesus.  No doubt he would have been one of the most committed of all the disciples.
  • Yet Jesus gives him the most curious of responses: no.  Say what?!  This would seem to be easy!  If it was any other pastor, the response would have been overwhelmingly “yes.”  After all, you couldn’t find any lower hanging fruit if you tried!  Why did Jesus say no?  Because Jesus had something better for him.  It’s not that Jesus denied the man the opportunity to follow Him as a disciple; it’s that Jesus had a different mission field in mind for him in which to serve.  The best thing for this man to do was not to follow Jesus around Galilee & Judea, where he would be one more face among many in the crowd – it was for this man to go back home as a living billboard for Jesus.  If Simon Peter had traded places with the man & stayed behind in the town, Peter would have been totally ineffective as a witness for Jesus – at least in comparison with the former demoniac.  There could not have been a stronger reminder of the gospel than the physical presence of this man as he walked around town.  Everyone had known him to be overrun by Satan; now they would see him transformed by Jesus.  Just by walking into a room, this man would testify of the power of Christ.  He wouldn’t even have to say a word – if he was clothed & clean, it was more than he was before!  There would be no denying that God had truly done “great things” for this man.  People would see him & know the power of the gospel.
  • That is exactly what we are supposed to be as born-again believers in Jesus.  We have been transformed by His power.  We have been made into new creations by His grace.  When people from our past see us, they might want to see us for who we were, but the transformation we’ve experienced is so profound that they cannot help but see who we are today.  Jesus is to so permeate our life that others simply smell Him upon us.  As Paul wrote, we are the “fragrance of Christ,” to others (2 Cor 2:15) – testifying of His power.
  • And make no mistake, you have been transformed!  God has done great things for you!  Consider what it was that you were…you are that no longer.  1 Corinthians 6:9–11, "(9) Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, (10) nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (11) And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."  What were you?  Regardless of where you are in this list, you were somewhere.  You engaged in some sin & rebellion against God, and you were doomed for judgment.  But now where are you?  Among the children of God!  You’ve been washed, cleaned, set apart, made righteous, filled with the Holy Spirit, and more.  You’ve been completely transformed by the grace of God, cleansed from your past, empowered for the present, and given an entirely new future.  God has done great things for you! 
  • Now go tell someone about it!  That’s what the man did…

…And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

  • Jesus and the others went back to Galilee, whereas the former demoniac went back to town.  And he went with a message!  Again, every time he simply showed his face, people knew who he was, and what Jesus had done for him.  The transformation this man experienced could not be ignored.  How many times did someone look at him, and have the reality of the power of God just gnaw away at them, knowing that they had seen the face of God when they saw the face of Jesus?  Thankfully, the man’s message wasn’t one of guilt, but one of goodness.  Jesus had done great things for him, and those same great things were available to anyone else as well.  Anyone could be transformed as he had been transformed.  After all, if Jesus could conquer the demons in his life, Jesus could handle the challenges of others.  If Jesus could save him, Jesus could save anyone.
  • That’s the same message we proclaim when we tell others about Jesus.  When we preach the gospel, what is it we’re saying?  “Jesus saved me, and He can save you, too!”  The reason we’re able to tell others of the pardon of Christ is that we have tasted it for ourselves.  We can speak of His power & His great deeds because we have personally known it.  Evangelism doesn’t have to be difficult or scary – it doesn’t have to be a method to be memorized.  It just needs to be a testimony.  How did Jesus save you?  What are the great things He has done in your life?  How did He show Himself to be God?  Go tell others that very thing.
    • “But I don’t have a dramatic testimony like that man.  I don’t have the stories of massive sin in the past.  I believed in Jesus as a young person, before I had time to get into trouble.”  (1) You did get into trouble, no question.  You may have gotten into less trouble than others, comparatively speaking, but you were no less in need of the forgiveness of God than anyone else.  (2) If you did grow up in a Christian home, coming to faith at a young age, then it that not itself a great thing? J  If God provided you with parents that taught you to love Him from an early age, that is a wonderful gift!  The bottom line is that as believers, we all have a testimony of the Lord Jesus.  Just speak of what the Lord has done for you.
  • Note one last thing Luke points out that is subtle, but important.  When he quotes Jesus, Jesus told the man to “tell what great things God has done.”  When Luke describes the man, he says that he proclaimed the “great things Jesus had done for him.”  Was the man obedient?  Absolutely.  Jesus is God.  When Jesus worked in the man’s life, that work was the work of God.  God is the One who freed this man from demons – God has infinite power over the devil – God is the one who can transform lives – and this God walked among us in the person of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the Son of the Most High God, but He is not less than the Most High God…He IS God.

Is Jesus the ultimate Champion?  You bet!  When battle lines are drawn between Jesus and the devil, there is no contest.  Whether one demon, 5000 demons, or millions of them – no number is too much for God Almighty.  He can command them all with a word, consigning them instantly to destruction if He so chooses.  Our Jesus is the victorious Champion because our Jesus is God.

What is it that you’ve believed to be bigger than Jesus?  Maybe you haven’t thought about it in those terms, but practically speaking, that’s the reality.  You’ve thought it to be too much for Jesus to handle – it’s something that He wouldn’t really address if He wanted to.  Jesus can handle anything.  There is no problem too big for Him to solve.  Obviously that doesn’t mean that Jesus is going to do whatever we want; He will do whatever He wants.  He has all authority and all power.  We need to place ourselves within His hands, and trust Him to be the God that He is.


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