Demons, devils and miracles are common in the bible, but we treat them suspiciously in our western world today. If something remarkable happens, as it does in Luke’s gospel read today, people tend to discount its mysterious origin. We’re uncomfortable with talk of demons, devils and miracles. Something’s behind it and we’ll discover it sooner or later. We’ll put experts on the case.
Miracles of healing were among the signs that established the identity of Jesus among his early hearers. They were proofs God gave. I wonder if we will see more miracles today in our unbelieving age. The experts won’t be able to understand it.
The great sign we receive this Lenten season is the sign of Jesus’ resurrection:
Peter says to the crowds in Jerusalem after Pentecost, “Listen to what I have to say to you about Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonder and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know,”
The apostle goes on from these signs of Jesus’ ministry to the culminating sign of his death and resurrection.
No human power can explain this mystery, surpassing all others. Jesus in his death and resurrection took on all human sorrows– the sorrow of the mute, the deaf, the paralyzed, the possessed, the dead, the sinner far from God. And he was raised up and gave his life-giving Spirit to the world.
Some deny this sign too. but it’s the great sign that we celebrate in this holy season.