By Arla, Aug 7 2020 01:00AM
As Jesus teaches in the synagogue at Capernaum, God's sweet presence rests on the people. The peace combined with the relaxed genuineness and confidence of Jesus wraps around them, and they feel as if they're in heaven.
He speaks of the kingdom of love he has come to establish, and his mission to free Satan's prisoners.
Suddenly, he is interrupted by a shriek, the people's minds are diverted from Jesus' words.
A feeling of terror replaces the tranquility, as a madman cries, "Let us alone! What do you want with us? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God!"
Who wants endosement by a devil? Satan had led his victim to the synagogue to disrupt the harmony, distract people's minds, cause terror, and leave an ugly feeling.
In Jesus' presence, the victim dimly comprehends Jesus' power and longs for freedom, but another's will holds him; when he opens his mouth to ask for help, all that comes out is the devil's words. The conflict between the power of Satan and the man's own desire is terrible. It seems he will die in the struggle.
Everything is confusion. Darkness and Light stand face to face again.
Jesus addresses the evil spirit, "Be quiet, and come out of him."
With another shriek, the man is thrown to the floor convulsing. Then he lies quietly.
All are sure he is dead.
But now Jesus' hand helps him stand before the people unharmed, his eyes alight with intelligence and grateful tears. Jesus' authority frees another of Satan's captives and restores joy.