Lyric:Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble
Scripture: Matthew 8:28-32
And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters.
Yesterday you explored the immense power that Jesus possessed being fully God in the shell of human form. Jesus demonstrated His power in calming a severe storm that Him and His disciples were caught out in. For His disciples this was a new experience that they had never witness in their connection and interactions with Jesus before. Another layer that the disciples often got to experience was Jesus’ interactions with the spiritual world. Throughout the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) we read that Jesus had multiple occasions where He and His disciples would interact with the spiritual world. In the gospels it commonly comes in the form of demon casting where Jesus would authoritatively or prayerfully remove a spiritual being that had imbedded itself in someone and was causing harm to both them and those around them.
Whether you are familiar or not with these types of stories or interactions, we can see that they communicate to us several major truths that in faith we must grow to believe:
- First, there is a spiritual world that does exist and has existed from the beginning. John 4:24 tells us that God is Spirit and we as God worshipers, worship Him in spirit and truth.
- The Bible also tells us that there are good spiritual forces and there are evil spiritual forces. We see this repeatedly throughout scripture. The Apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians chapter 6, terms it “this present darkness” or “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” that we, are frequently wrestling with and waging war against in our pursuit of walking uprightly with the Spirit of God.
- Finally, although the spiritual battle is present, the spiritual good God and the spiritual evil are not equal in power. God has and will forever be able to overcome any evil that arises.
We see that final truth on display in stories like we read in today’s reading. We read that the evil forces are terribly afraid of the power that Jesus has to destroy them. It’s not an equal fighting match. The evil forces respect the power of Jesus so much that they even refer to Him as the “Son of God”. What we gain from reading this interaction is a hope and faith that whatever evil we wage war against or wrestle with, Jesus has the power to help us overcome because He Himself can overcome. This is the power and promise we get by having Jesus in our lives.
- What knowledge, understanding, experiences or interactions have you had with the spiritual world?
- What encouragement have you gained through today’s reading when it comes to your own personal wrestling against spiritual evil in your life?
- How would you like to walk with the Spirit of God more in your life?