Last week we looked at Jesus calling his disciples.
This week we moved to Luke 4 and focused on a couple of things. First, was Jesus preaching. This was not Sunday morning at church preaching. Not that that is ever a bad thing but there was clearly a difference with Jesus. The scripture says He preached with power and authority. That will all make a little more sense shortly.
If you remember last week, Jesus preached a message, From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand – Matthew 4:17. If you remember the word Kingdom isn’t a location but more so the rule and reign of God on the earth. It was at hand – right there in front of them. Keep is in mind as we move forward.
Jesus was preaching in Synagogue’s about the scriptures being fulfilled and some of the people wanted to kill Him. He was preaching like no one has ever heard. Now He is faced with someone who was possessed by a evil spirit. This evil spirit knew who Jesus was and the power He had and cried out, Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!
Jesus would not allow this spirit to continue to speak. Why? Because of his testimony. This spirit has already stated that he knew Jesus; He knew who he was (Holy One of God). Jesus did not want the people seeing this power to rely on the testimony of a evil one but on the testimony of God’s Holy One. They would need to trust in Jesus and His Word. Remember what we said about this power and authority of the rule and reign of God’s Kingdom? We see this here in this passage as well. Jesus has authority over sickness and disease AND spirits and demonic activity. And so He had the authority to silence this spirit.
Jesus continues to preach more and more; still in power and authority. Jesus now wants to break away from all the preaching and healing to be alone with the Father. (Luke 4:42) I stressed to the students the importance of breaking away from all the noise and distractions of life and spend time alone in the quiet with the Father. We desperately need time away from everything in the world that pulls us away from God that He may continue to draw us closer to Him. This is a vital part of Abiding with Christ…
- Staying with Christ
- Remaining with Christ
- Waiting with Christ
- To be continually with Christ and not depart from Him – Amen
re:VIVE began in the fall of 2014 in an effort to help students deepen their faith in God and take their faith to the next level becoming Disciple makers. Jesus said, “Follow me and i will make you fishers of men“. One of the goals of re:VIVE is to create disciple making disciples and we achieve this through a deeper, more personal study of God’s Word and how it applies to each of us while incorporating our faith story with God’s story and how we have been forever changed further building the confidence in the faithful story-telling process of evangelism. We currently meet my home (Pastor Mark) Sunday evenings at 6:30 and talk about Jesus over a cup of coffee. It is a great time. We are right now looking a study of Words of Jesus called “Written in Red”. Please come be a part of what the Lord is doing in the lives of young believers.
Revive means to restore to consciousness; to regain life and new strength. It is our desire to engage students with the principles and teaching of Jesus Christ. We want to help grow your faith – not mom and dad’s faith but your faith in Jesus. Together with that mission focus in mind we hope to instill in the heart the importance of making disciples. Just attending a church or keeping our faith for ourselves doesn’t cut it. It is time to share your faith with the world!. This entire ministry’s purpose to make disciples that can make disciples.