The Evangelists Luke and Mark present perhaps the first example of exorcism performed by Jesus. After entering Capernaum, He met a man possessed with a demon. The evil spirit in the man immediately recognized Jesus and cried out: "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!" (Mark 1:24). Jesus strictly commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man, and it left him. It is interesting that, according to the evangelists, the people gathered there were astonished not by what happened but by how the expelling of the demon happened. The Lord Jesus wasn't like the ordinary preachers or scribes who simply preached what they had heard of or learned. Jesus preached, spoke and acted with power. The gathered people were astonished by how Jesus didn't turn to the help of any other power, but was able to cast out the evil spirit with His own word.
- Fr. Markos Mangasaryan