Preparing for Worship: Dealing with Demons

Preparing for Worship: Dealing with Demons

John Haralson   •   March 24, 2017


The Temptations of Christ
12th Century mosaic at St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

Satan, your kingdom must come down
Satan, your kingdom must come down
I heard the voice of Jesus say
Satan, your kingdom must come down

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Dear Friends,

If you took poll of ten people you met on the street and asked them what they thought was really important to Jesus, you’d probably get a lot of different answers. Many people might talk about Jesus’ emphasis on caring for the poor―the “least of these” to use the language of the New Testament. Some might see Jesus as an enlightened spiritual figure who taught people how to live a life of peace. Finally, others might talk about how Jesus came to reconcile us with the Father and grant us eternal life.

What would you think about someone who said that Jesus came to do battle with Satan and his demons?

Be honest. 

You might awkwardly smile at such a person while at the same time nervously looking for someone else to talk to. Isn’t an answer like that more than likely to come from someone who still reads Frank Peretti novels? 

Luke 4 gives us an introduction to the public ministry of Jesus. And, it is utterly saturated with the very real conflict between Jesus and Satan (and Satan’s demons). Right out of the gate, Jesus begins his work by confronting Satan and other dark spiritual powers. Apparently, Jesus understood that the primary battle he came to fight was not with flesh and blood. Rather, he came to wage war against Satan.

So, as people who are followers of Christ, if we want to faithfully walk with him, we have to sophisticate our understanding of discipleship. We’ve got to learn more about our true enemies, Satan and his demons, and learn how to cooperate with and lean upon Jesus in the midst of this battle.

This week: Dealing with Demons, Luke 4:40-41

Liturgy is here

I hope to worship with you.

Warmly in Christ,

John