That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
The Devil’s Work Undone
Demon possession is an ancient problem. When Jesus came to earth to undertake his saving work, many people were demon-possessed. Jesus drove the demons out of them. When the demons tried to speak, Jesus would not let them. They knew that Jesus was God, and they might have said so, but since demons like to lie, people might have been confused.
The devil and his demons are all liars. They claim the work of Jesus is not complete, and that people are not forgiven. Such lies are a problem both ancient and modern. Jesus spoke the truth when he preached so that people would not be deceived by lies. He undid the lying work of the devil.
People who speak the truth today continue to undo the lying work of the devil. The message of repentance and forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus is the central truth of the Bible. Anyone who speaks against that truth is doing the work of the devil and his demons. Anyone who speaks that truth is undoing demonic work.
There is still demon possession today. But the devil’s work is undone by the power of Jesus in his Word and sacraments. Let the promises of God give you strength in the face of all fears and temptations. Jesus has defeated the devil.
Lord Jesus, let your holy angel be with me, that the devil may have no power over me. Amen.