Jesus and His disciples went into the synagogue on a Sabbath day in Capernaum. There was a man there who was possessed with an evil spirit. The spirit sensed Christ’s power and it cried out to Him.
“Leave us alone!” the spirit shouted, pain showing on the man’s face. “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, you are the Holy One of God!”
“Stop speaking, and come out of that man,” commanded Jesus firmly. The man’s body shook, and the evil spirit separated from the man and disappeared.
The man was left panting and sweating, finally free from his tormentor. Jesus helped the man off the ground and brought him to a place to sit.
There were many who witnessed this scene, as the synagogue was full of worshippers on the Sabbath. They began to whisper to one another, “Who is this man? He speaks with authority and even evil spirits obey him!”