Sunday 20 October, 2019

Luke 8:26-39

26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. 30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. 34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

After a storm tossed boat journey, Jesus & his disciples land on the other side of the lake to be met by a demon possessed man. What happens next demonstrates Jesus complete control & authority over the spirit realm.

My attention has been captured by those herding the pigs. They watched this whole scene play out from the safety of the hillside. Just like at the movies, they watched the drama unfold. Watched Jesus’s arrival in the boat, the tormented man running to him & fall at his feet. Jesus then casting all the demons out into the pigs. I wonder if they took bets on what would happen between the men arriving in the boat & the demon-possessed man? As soon as the pigs go into the lake they are off to tell what happened. Do they go & tell because the pigs drowned (their livelihood) or because the crazed demon possessed man became normal? Either way, they knew Jesus was the answer & that others had to know.

What is my response when I see or hear of the authority of Jesus? Is my first response to want to tell others of the news or do I just let it slide past? This is very challenging to me as I know that I haven’t gone & told & yet if I don’t, then how will others in my world get to know the good news of the Kingdom of God?

Lord Jesus I know that I am guilty of witnessing your miraculous power moving in the lives of others & then letting it slide by without a mention to anyone else. Lord I want to be a better communicator. Holy Spirit help me be more like those who ‘ran off and reported’ all that you have done, so that others can know of your salvation. Amen

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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