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The Authority of Jesus (Luke 4:31-44)

Authority of Jesus

Luke 4:31-44

INTRO. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me” (Luke 4:16-30)

I. His authority in teaching (Luke 4:31-32)

    A. When what we want (tradition) trumps what God wants (revelation), then we are in trouble (Matthew 7:28-29; 15:3-9; Colossians 3:16)
    B. We must look at what Christ commanded (Ephesians 5:23; Matthew 28:18-20)

II. His authority over the supernatural/spiritual realm (Luke 4:33-37)

    A. Demon possession in Scriptures (Mark 9:22)
    B. Why did Jesus forbid the unclean spirit from testifying? “Consider the source”
    C. The people were astonished, and Jesus’ fame spread

III. His authority over disease (Luke 4:38-44)

    A. Peter’s mother-in-law (Luke 4:38-39)
    B. Compassionate healing (Luke 4:40-41; Matthew 14:14; 20:34; Mark 1:41)
    C. The reaction of the people: “Don’t go!” (Luke 4:42-44)

Temptation (Luke 4:1-13)

Temptation of Jesus

I. Who was tempted?

    A. Jesus Christ Himself (Luke 4:1-2a)
    B. He had the ability, but it would have been against God’s will (Luke 4:2b; Romans 1:9-10)
    C. Overcame using Scripture (Luke 4:4,8,12)

II. Who is the tempter?

    A. “That serpent of old” (Revelation 20:2; Genesis 3:1)
    B. “A roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8)
    C. “An angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

III. The pinnacle (Luke 4:9)

    A. “On top of the world”
    B. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” (1 Timothy 3:6-7; Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 10:12)

IV. Resist!

    A. If we fall, we will fall hard (Luke 4:11; James 1:15)
    B. Satan will flee (James 4:7), but not forever (Luke 4:13)
    C. God gives us the power to resist through His Word (James 1:12; 4:8)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 4/260: Read Luke 4

Why was Jesus sent to earth? In the prophecy of Isaiah that Jesus read, we see an outline of His ministry here.

“To preach the gospel to the poor.” People who are caught up in the physical treasures of this life are often spiritually bankrupt. Jesus encourages us to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-21) because if our treasure is there, our focus will be there.

“To heal the brokenhearted.” Jesus offers comfort and rest to those who are weary (Matthew 11:28-30).

“To proclaim liberty to the captives.” The opportunity to be freed from slavery to sin is found in Christ (Romans 6:16-23).

“And recovery of sight to the blind.” Those who reject God and ignore Jesus are in darkness; those who accept the truth found in Scriptures see that Jesus is the light that drives away darkness (John 8:12).

“To set at liberty those who are oppressed.” No longer do we have to be held down by Satan; no longer do we have to be under his control. Jesus gives us the liberty to live in righteousness through faithful obedience to His Word (James 1:21-25).

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Luke 5:31-32: Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no ______________ of a ______________, but those who are sick. I have not come to ______________ the righteous, but sinners, to ______________.”


Pray for your spiritual life, that you may seek the riches of the Scripture, in which you may discover the healing from sin and liberty from evil. Pray for the sight offered by Christ.