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. 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.” 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. Luke 4:31-37
Do you know Jesus? I have lost track of how many times I have heard that phrase. Typically it is coming out of a well-meaning Christian’s mouth and directed to someone they believe may not be saved. I heard it often when I was attending college as I was often the first of my group to make it to the university center and so was sitting at a table alone waiting for my friends. This was alternated with “have you found Jesus?” While well-meaning it misses the point.
It is not enough to know who Jesus is or to have found out about Jesus. I would be willing to bet that half the world knows about Jesus. Muslims know who Jesus is, at least according to the Quran. Mormons know who Jesus is, at least according the Joseph Smith. Atheists know who Jesus is, at least according to their world view. Even as we see in today’s verses so do the demons know who Jesus is. In fact the demons know who Jesus is better than the Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and atheist. They know that Jesus is the Son of God, God’s Holy One, and God incarnate.
You see Mormons believe Jesus is a god and the demons know Jesus is God yet both will gain nothing from this knowledge. You see it matters not how much we know about Jesus or believe about Jesus. What matters is if we have a relationship with Jesus or not. It matters only if we chose to follow Jesus. Demons acknowledge Jesus is God but they refuse to follow Him. We have to not only know that Jesus is the Son of God and redeemer of our sins and our salvation but follow Him and allow Him Lordship over our lives.
So go ahead and ask if someone knows Jesus but make sure they know the real Jesus. The Son of God. The Lord of Lords. Emmanuel, God with us. The Alpha and Omega. The one who dies on a cross to pay for the sins of the world that whoever believes may not perish but have eternal life.
Have a blessed day,