“… and He cast out the spirits with a word.” (Matthew 8:16)
It is obviously significant that the scripture indicates here that it was “with a word” that Jesus cast the demons out. It didn’t take an elaborate ritual, or any extreme effort on His part. It was merely “with a word” that He did it. This emphasizes Jesus’ power, and the facility with which He does His work.
The Lord’s power to do “the impossible” with merely a word was emphasized previously in Matthew 8:5-13 in His encounter with the centurion. There that man of faith encouraged Jesus: “just say the word.” He knew The Lord could heal his loved one that easily.
Those of us who are followers of Christ need this reminder of His power. We put so much time and effort into some things. Yet when Jesus is really in something, He can change a person, a situation, a household, a church — even a nation — “with a word”. He still has that same power He exercised in Bible times. Part of our responsibility is to believe that He does, and to ask Him to do it! Is there something you have been struggling with, and expending much time and effort on, that you should ask The Lord to do for you “with a word”?
Pastor Shawn, I believe God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are all powerful, all knowing and everywhere present…my faith is strong in that respect…but in Luke 10:19 Jesus says to the disciples “I give you power over all the power of the enemy”…in Matthew 28:18 all power is given to Jesus in heaven and earth, he then commissions disciples to go in his authority. John 14:16 Jesus promised to send a Comforter and in Acts 2 the Comforter did come in the presence of the Holy Spirit who enabled the disciples to carry out the commission. If we are His disciples, and we are to continue to carry out the commission, isn’t it the Holy Spirit the one who enables us to carry out this commission? Jesus is in heaven sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us…when Jesus died, His work on earth is finished. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says we are ambassadors for Christ…being filled with the Holy Spirit, we act on His behalf….
In response to Louise: I agree with all that you have written. It’s what the Word states. But, when I read the devotional I did not think that Brother Thomas was ignoring the whole counsel of God, but stressing the everlasting authority of Jesus.