After the Twelve had accompanied Jesus in His ministry for a while, He sent them out to begin to do the same miracles He had been doing, and more importantly, to spread the same teaching by His authority. They had learned with Him and now they would learn in pairs as an independent study of ministry. As Jesus sent them out, He gave practical instructions that reflect some important principles for life and ministry.
When folks from Jesus’ hometown met the man they knew as a boy, they were forced to consider who He was, what He said, and what the implications of this Son of Man were. Today, we must consider Jesus as well.
We saw last week how Jesus saved a man. Today, we see Jesus save a woman and a child. Jesus saves everyone who calls on the name of the Lord!
Believe it or not, evil has a face. Evil is not merely a concept or something generally opposite of “good.” All evil can be traced back to a single agent: Satan. War, sickness, disease, catastrophes, violence, lust, addictions, pestilence, waste, relational conflicts, selfishness—all sin and all that is wrong in the world is a particular expression of evil, the unending rebellion of Satan against God. The world continues to bear the scars of this mutiny. In today's passage, we see Jesus confront the demoniac, conquer the destructive, and commission the delivered.