“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!” —Luke 4:34
Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah. —Luke 4:41
Go on the street and ask people who Jesus is and you will get interesting answers. They will say he was just a man or just a prophet or just a good teacher. Some will even say that he is a made up figure and never really existed. Still others don’t know anything about Him. One of the saddest things in the United States is the Biblical illiteracy not only among adults, but how this is impacting young people and children as well. How can a nation founded on Christian values end up where we are today? The answer— we have became a nation of rebellious idolaters!
When Jesus came into contact with demons they knew who He was. They said, “I know who you are—- the Holy One of God” and “You are the Son of God!” They also knew judgment is coming— “Have you come to destroy us?” In James 2:19 we read that “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.” Demons shudder at the thought of God because they absolutely know what is going to come upon them in the future. They will be judged and thrown into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20; 20:10, 15). People, on the other hand, say they believe in God and yet they do not live for Him and do not “shudder.” They do not trust the Lord Jesus Christ. They live life like they want to live life with no concern about God or the judgment to come. They take God lightly and do not have a proper perspective of Him. Compared with the demons, they are absolutely blind to their future fate.
As a follower of Jesus, I am so glad I know what the future holds and I also am so glad that I will never be condemned because Jesus took that condemnation for me at the cross. Hallelujah! I am so grateful. I rejoice for I know my home is in heaven. All that is happening on this planet is moving toward a final conclusion and it is the Lord God Almighty that will conclude things. Don’t fret, rest in His plan and purposes. As follower of Jesus we are eternally safe. What can man do to us? —“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 118:6). Yes! We are safe in Jesus!
Dear Father, thank You for saving me from my sin through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. I am grateful and may I live in such a way that is pleasing in Your sight and shows my gratefulness. May it be so!