In Luke 4, Jesus was in the synagogue in Capernaum teaching. Also there was a man with an “unclean spirit” or demon.” This demon wasn’t lurking around in a dark alley or cemetery or haunted house like what one might see in a horror movie. This demon was hanging out inside a man who was in the synagogue. As Jesus came near, the demon 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!” The demons knew Jesus because prior to being cast out of Heaven along with Lucifer (Satan), they were angels in heaven. Yes! They knew Him and they recognized Him, even in His earthly, human body.
At some point in every person’s life, each one of us must decide who Jesus is and what we are going to do with Jesus. First we must recognize Him for who He is – the Holy One of God. Once we recognize Him we must choose to either receive or reject Him. The demons chose to reject Jesus long before when they chose to follow Lucifer. They echo that choice in Luke 4:34 and said, “Leave us alone!”
Today, do you cry out “Leave me alone!” or do you receive him and cry out “Forgive me and be my Savior!” If you choose to receive Him, then Jesus will redeem you and you become a child of God and your eternity will be in Heaven with Him. If you reject Him, then He will reject you and instead of redemption, you’ll receive a guilty verdict and condemnation in Hell for all eternity.
The choice is yours: Who is Jesus to you and what will you do with Him?
Jesus, we acknowledge today that you are the Holy One of God – our Savior, Redeemer. Thank you for your love and grace that chose to sacrifice your own life in our place, paying our sin debt, so that we can be children of God. Help us to live lives that honor and glorify you.
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