Jesus went to Capernaum. He taught and when He did, He spoke with great authority and that was amazing to the people. Oh, their teachers taught. Their Rabbis spoke, but not at all with this kind of authority.
In the synagogue, there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. Frightening, dark, horrible wickedness lived inside this man. When people saw him, a few might have glanced with pity, but most with fear. Some might have stared; probably most ran.
And there was the question of how to deal with those who had demons. Apart from faith how do you get rid of demons? Without authority how can they be cast out? But here was Jesus and Jesus had the authority. He had the ability. He had the right to cast demons into the pit and the demons knew it.
“Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority. In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, ‘Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!’ ‘Be quiet!’ Jesus said sternly. ‘Come out of him!’ Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. All the people were amazed and said to each other, ‘What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!’ And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.” Luke 4:31-37
From millennia earlier this demon had known Jesus. Demons were the angels that fell along with satan. And so this demon cried out, “Go away. What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.”
Jesus answered, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
And that was enough.
In a moment, the captive was set free.