Thursday, March 31, 2011

3/31/11 - Strong Men, Demons, And Christ

Luke 11:14-23

Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute,
and when the demon had gone out,
the mute man spoke and the crowds were amazed.
Some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
he drives out demons.”
Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house.
And if Satan is divided against himself,
how will his kingdom stand?
For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul,
by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him,
he takes away the armor on which he relied
and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”


Hadn't thought about this much before, but this passage is a great reminder of the spiritual war that rages around us, how the battle goes between demons and people, and how Christ changes that.

When you have a demon and a man, the demon is the attacker who comes in and overcomes.  The demon can take away defenses and distribute the spoils.  But when Christ comes into the picture, he is the conqueror, and the demon will be slaughtered.

It's happening, all around us, every day.  We're engaged in the battle, whether we realize it or not. 

1 comment:

  1. Yes, we are in the middle of hellish madness. St. Paul tells us outright that our battle is with the principalities and powers. One thing I love about this passage is "the finger of God", meaning the Holy Spirit which is the Spirit of Charity. So it is by selfless love we drive out the demons. The daily Christian challenge is to cultivate pure intentions and a steadfast spirit. It's a hard job, but with the finger of God we can do it.


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