THE SABBATH DAY HEALINGS OF JESUS OF NAZARETH (Continued)
HEALING OF A MAN WITH AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT
Another healing on the Sabbath day involved a man with an unclean spirit. The Scripture teaches that He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit. God is good and perfect. It is impossible for any unclean thing to dwell in His presence. Jesus corrected this situation for mankind through His obedience unto death on the Cross for our sins. Let us read the Scriptural accounts of this healing as follows:
21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. 28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
Luke 4: 31-37
31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. 36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. 37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about.
Again, we have a scene where the Power of God and the blessings of heavenly places have met the religious system and its passing order. Those in the synagogue were "astonished at his doctrine for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes and his word was with power." Jesus taught as one with authority or with ability endued. Herein is the Living Power of the Spirit versus the scribes who represented the letter of the Mosaic Law which killeth (2 Corinthians 3:6). The Spirit of the Word throws the natural mind, hence their astonishment!
Notice that all Jesus was doing was teaching by the Power of the Spirit. The spirit cried out, "Let us alone" and addressed Him as Jesus of Nazareth. Nazareth means guarded or separated one. The Holy One is truly set apart from every unclean thing. He is consecrated and sanctified and His Divine Substance flows through His Body. The unclean devil recognized the Holy One of God and knew their destruction was imminent in His Presence.
Those witnessing the unclean spirit being cast out made profound comments: What thing is this? What new doctrine is this? What a word is this! Christ Jesus was the Word of God made Flesh operating in the Power of the fullness of the Spirit of God. The people had never witnessed such Power. Unclean spirits and disease went unchecked under the religious system then and so it is today. The Power of the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is not yet realized in many areas of the Church today. We have His Power and His Spirit and when we minister Christ, our report should be as the seventy He sent out), "Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name (Luke 10:17)." We should walk in full assurance "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth (Philippians 2:10).