Lord of All

September 18, 2008 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Theology | Leave a comment

Matthew 8:29-30  “What do you want with us, Son of God?  Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time? . . .  If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”  This comment from the legion of demons gives us some interesting insight to the demonic world.  Three things are evident in these brief words.  First, these demons knew Jesus.  That seems surprising from a worldly perspective, since they’d spent so much time in these men’s lives, and Jesus public ministry was a long way off and had not been going long.  They must have recognized Jesus because they knew him from the past – from the era before Satan and his demons fell.  They saw him coming, even from a distance, knew his name was Jesus and that he was the Son of God – not just any God, but the “Most High God” – and they used that title for him.  (Some of these details are given in Mark’s version – Mark 5)

Second, they were afraid of Jesus.  They knew he had more power and authority than they or their master had.  They begged Jesus not to torment them.  As the Son of God, they knew he could do that with just a word from his mouth.  They had to beg Jesus to send them into a nearby herd of pigs; in doing so, they confessed their subjection to his authority.

Third, they knew who would ultimately win the spiritual battle.  Notice that they said, “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”  The indication is they knew Jesus was going to win, but that the complete victory hadn’t come yet.  Their only hope was, not to overturn that victory, but to delay it until the right time.

Jesus is Lord.  He is the ultimate ruler and highest authority in the universe.  No other authority even comes close.  Serve him and you are on the winning team!

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