They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
You Can Trust Jesus Words
Have you ever been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available in this technological age? Do you get even more overwhelmed when you realize how much of it contradicts what others think and what others have written? Well, guess what, you aren’t alone. This isn’t something that is only true in our modern age.
The people at the time Jesus lived struggled with the very same thing. There was no shortage of scholars who shared their opinions and were sure they were right. But their opinions frequently contradicted each other. Who was to be believed?
Into this world of confusion came God’s Son, Jesus, to set the matter straight. Not only was his teaching clear and understandable. He backed it up with proof of his authority. In the lesson we just read, Jesus was in the midst of his teaching and instructing when a man possessed by an evil spirit confronted him. Quickly and in a manner that could not be explained away as a trick, he cast out the spirit. The people were amazed.
Today, in a world filled with different ideas and opinions, Jesus is the one person whose words you can trust. When he says he has paid for your sins when he died on the cross, you can trust it is true. When he says he conquered death when he rose from the grave and that one day he will raise you from the dead to live forever, you can trust it is true. When he says he will be with you this day and always, you can trust it is true. So, trust him!
Jesus, when I feel overwhelmed by all of the opinions and information around me, comfort me with the certainty of your truth. Amen.