Luke 4:31-32 ESV
And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority.
The reaction to Jesus’s teaching in Capernaum was in stark contrast to the reaction it received in Nazareth. Compare the passage above to Luke 4:22: And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”
I love the way Dr. Kenneth Wuest translated verse 32:
And they were struck with astonishment to the point of mental imbalance by reason of His teaching, because His discourse was characterized by authority.
In other words, they were literally crazy about Jesus’s teachings. I wish more Christians today were crazy about the words of Christ!
It definitely provoked a reaction, not only in the physical, but the spiritual realm. A demon immediately manifested.
Luke 4:33-34 ESV
And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.”
A demon manifested during the service. Contrary to what might be expected, the demon recognized Jesus and loudly proclaimed Jesus was the Messiah. Unfazed, Jesus confronted the demon.
Luke 4:35-37 ESV
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
Jesus not only taught with authority, but demonstrated His authority over demons. Through Jesus, we always march in triumph over the forces of evil (2 Corinthians 2:14).
The same Spirit that anointed Jesus Christ is within us. We too can preach and teach with authority. We too can exercise authority over demons (Mark 16:17, Luke 10:18-20). Not only did Jesus grant us authority over demons, but He stripped demons of their power (Colossians 2:15).
Thanks to Jesus our enemies are already defeated! We have nothing to fear.