January 10

Luke 9:37-43 (NLT)

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

37 The next day, after they had come down the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus. 38 A man in the crowd called out to him, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, my only child. 39 An evil spirit keeps seizing him, making him scream. It throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It batters him and hardly ever leaves him alone. 40 I begged your disciples to cast out the spirit, but they couldn’t do it.” 41 Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you and put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.” 42 As the boy came forward, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a violent convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and healed the boy. Then he gave him back to his father. 43 Awe gripped the people as they saw this majestic display of God’s power.

The distraught father had previously gone to the disciples for help but they were powerless. Why were the disciples unable to help the boy? Perhaps they had become professional in their ministry. Perhaps they thought they could count on a Spirit-filled ministry without a Spirit-filled life. Perhaps they were taking the ministry entrusted to them for granted.

The Lord Jesus was grieved by the entire spectacle. Without naming anyone in particular, He said, ” You faithless and corrupt people….v41″ This may have been addressed to the disciples, the people, the father, or all of them combined. They were all so helpless in the face of human need in spite of the fact that they could draw on His infinite resources of power. How long would He have to be with them and put up with them? Then He said to the father, “Bring your son here” v41. As the lad was coming to Jesus, he was seized by the demon and thrown to the ground violently. But Jesus was not overawed by this display of the power of an evil spirit; it was the unbelief of men that hindered Him rather than the power of demonism. He cast out the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father. The people were all amazed. They recognized that God had worked a miracle. They saw in the miracle, a display of the majesty of God.

Life Application

We must never professionalize the ministry or how God desires to work through you or I. Yes, you may have done something a thousand times and be extremely proficient at it, but never use that as an excuse to not ask for the Lord’s assistance or blessing.

Luke 22:66-69 (NLT)

Jesus before the Council

66 At daybreak all the elders of the people assembled, including the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. Jesus was led before this high council, 67 and they said, “Tell us, are you the Messiah?” But he replied, “If I tell you, you won’t believe me. 68 And if I ask you a question, you won’t answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man will be seated in the place of power at God’s right hand.”

The description here is of a major morning trial that involved the Jewish religious leaders and the council or Sanhedrin. This trial violated various Jewish legal rules given in later sources: meeting on the morning of a feast; meeting at Caiaphas’s home; trying a defendant without defense; and reaching the verdict in one day instead of the two days that were required for capital cases.

“Son of Man will be seated in the place of power at God’s right hand”, v69. Jesus referred to Ps 110:1. Though he would be crucified, Jesus would be vindicated through his resurrection and exalted to God’s right hand (see Acts 2:33-36; Dan 7:13-14). Furthermore, he would be seated in the place of power as Judge. Jesus would soon sit in judgment over those who were trying him.

John 8:12 (NLT)

Jesus, the Light of the World

12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Jesus turned to the multitude that followed Him and made one of the many grand statements as to His Messiahship. He said, “I am the light of the world.” The world, from a natural sense, was in the darkness of sin, ignorance, and aimlessness. Jesus said, I am the light that shines through darkness. Apart from Him, there is no deliverance from the blackness of sin. Apart from Him, there is no guidance along the way of life, no knowledge as to the real meaning of life and the issues of eternity. Jesus promised that anyone following Him would not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

To follow Jesus means to believe on Him. Many people have the mistaken idea that they can live as Jesus lived without ever being born again. To follow Jesus means to come to Him in repentance, to trust Him as Lord and Savior, and then to commit one’s whole life to Him. Those who do this have guidance in life and clear and bright hope beyond the grave.

Life Application

Darkness…are you free from it? I mean really free? Nightmares gone. Fear gone. The sense of sin ever present in your life…gone. Allow for a fresh wave of the light of Christ to flood you, asking God for a renewed revelation of the light of Christ to be revealed to you.