THE GOSPEL COMES WITH AUTHORITY
Luk 4:36 And amazement came upon them all, and they began to talk with one another, saying, “What word is this? Because he commands the unclean spirits with authority and power, and they come out!”
Luk 4:37 And news about him went out into every place of the surrounding region.
Luk 4:38 And after he set out from the synagogue, he went into Simon’s house. And Simon’s mother-in-law was oppressed by a high fever, and they asked him on behalf of her.
Luk 4:39 And he stood over her and confronted the fever, and it left her. And immediately she got up and began to serve them.
the right to confront wrong
Luke connects two concepts here: the concept of divine authority, which Jesus demonstrated, and healing, which Jesus also demonstrated. Luke depicts Jesus confronting the fever in Peter’s mother-in-law just as if it were an unclean spirit. Those invested with divine authority can confront any wrong in his name. Our prayers should reflect that fact.
LORD, give us the conviction and courage to confront all wrongs, and seek your power to set them right.