Summary: Much of this message has remained as Dave McFadden wrote it. Thanks for the awesome message.Many say how much they want to see revival happen in our community. But do they really?
Jesus had been teaching in and around Capernaum for several weeks, using Capernaum as His “base of operation,” if you will.
As a result of His ministry, the entire city of Capernaum was transformed by the power of Christ…
Many say how much they want to see revival happen in our community.
But do they really? We sing songs like, “Revive us again,” and “Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead,” but do we really?
All too often, I believe we are content with the “mercy drops” and satisfied to have the Lord break through every now and then to do some big things among us, but we really aren't serious when it comes to wanting Jesus to actually take over.
It has been said that “half of knowing what you really want is knowing what must change in order for it to happen.”
I want us to see what took place in Capernaum when Jesus came to town and to see if that is really what we want to see happen in our town.
What happens when Jesus comes to town?… He takes over…and when He takes over several things happen.
1. Satan’s kingdom gets shook up - vs. 21-26
We understand, from the Bible, that Jesus taught with authority, unlike the teachers of the law.
Unlike the scribes, Jesus declared God’s truth boldly.
We see this Authority as the Lord taught the Sermon on the Mount.
Time and time again, Jesus would state what had been commonly taught, then say, “But I say to you ...”
Declaring God’s truth without compromise shook up the kingdom of Satan.
Apparently, in verses 23-26 a representative was sent to ask Jesus to leave Capernaum.
Think about what was going on in Capernaum as Jesus comes in and sets up shop.
He is speaking and acting with divine authority that, no doubt, got the demons in the city of Capernaum upset.
Before Jesus came to town, they had Capernaum right where they wanted it.
They had people whose lives had been given over to sin and immorality, right where they wanted them. They had enslaved many to alcohol and drugs; marriages that were falling apart; children being disrespecting their parents, husbands running around on their wives, wives cheating on their husbands etc.
WAIT! That sounds a lot like Florence SC. Yes, they have things under control . . .
Until, that is…. Jesus starts taking over Capernaum.
Maybe they found it necessary to call a demon’s meeting to discuss what they should do.
Maybe one of them said something like, “Let’s just run Him off.”
Or maybe another one said “Yeah, let’s see if we can scare Him and get Him to leave us alone.”
But one of the older, wiser, and more level headed demons probably replied by saying something like, “Guys, this is no ordinary prophet we’re dealing with here.
We know who He is! He is the Holy One of God! and we have no authority over Him.
We will never intimidate Him or scare Him.
The best thing we can do is just ask Him to leave us alone.”