March 9th Lenten Devotional

What Power?

Scott Simmons

Luke 11:14-29

  Jesus casts out a demon and, as one would imagine, causes quite a stir among the locals. Some were amazed. Some wanted another sign from heaven as additional proof. Still others charged that Jesus used demonic powers to cast it away. Each response, however, begs the same

question: ‘what power is at work here?’

In this day and age, we still wonder about who, or what, is the power behind many of the extraordinary occurrences that disrupt our normalcy. And when this happens, some are amazed, some want more proof, and still others are quick to blame evils both real and imagined.

Today, as then, we need to hear Jesus’ blunt reminder that even when it seems as if other powers – the world, the devil, our own sinful selves – are striving for our allegiance and attention, the “Kingdom of God has (and will) come.” (20)

Through Jesus and by the Holy Spirit, God has this unpredictable habit of breaking into our world to wield the only power that truly matters: the power of God’s forgiving, renewing, resurrecting love. Let us be amazed.


Scott Simmons is the pastor/mission developer of Lydia Place Collaborative Communities in Saint Paul, MN, a ministry of the ELCA exploring the intersection of faith, work, and daily life through collaboration, relationships and the practice of radically accepting the hospitality of others

©2017 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group.  This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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