Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Matthew 8:28-9:1

28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” 30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region. 9 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.

This passage tells the story of Jesus casting a legion of demons out of 2 tormented men, and into a herd of pigs. We’re not told if these men are Jewish or gentile, it makes little difference really – their internal lives, (head space, thought life) were in the midst of a storm, a demonic storm bringing nothing but torment, confusion, rage & destruction – something that takes no notice of race or colour. Jesus on his way to these men, quieted the storm on the lake, now he is about to quite the storm within & bring complete restoration.

Marks gospel in 5:15 tells the same story though with the detail that once Jesus cast the demons out, the man was now in his right mind. Peace.

Regardless of how our internal storms come about, what they are or by what they are influenced, the fact that Jesus can bring peace, calm & restoration is a huge comfort to me.

Lord I thank you that you care about the storms in our lives, I invite you today to come & bring peace to my thoughts. Amen

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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