Luke 4:31-37 NIV
31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. 32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.
33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 “Go away! 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!”
35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.
On Friday we thought about how Jesus is good news for the poor, the prisoners, and the oppressed. His work, however, extends beyond our physical needs, to all things that oppress us and all things that hinder us being the people we’re made to be; our emotional and spiritual life as well as our physical. He is concerned for the whole of our being. Here he dramatically demonstrates this by rescuing with someone possessed by a demon.
Father, help us to show those around us that Jesus is good news for every part of their lives – and may we reflect that in how we help them too!