I can’t imagine a more wretched existence than the one the man in this narrative was living. Possessed by many evil spirits, he was out of his mind, living among the dead. Jesus freed him both literally and figuratively in a dramatic way. The people of the town were terrified – they had never seen such a display of power before.
Jesus is a true freedom fighter. He seeks those who are in living in bondage and offers them freedom from the things that bind them. Galatians 5:1 says “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
We can be enslaved by so many things – power, prestige, work, people pleasing, addictions, co-dependency, the list goes on and on. We can be like the man in the narrative living among the things that bring death instead of life. But Jesus is there calling to us and offering us freedom like we have never known before. The choice is ours.
Sometimes freedom can seem scarier than the bondage we are in. Exchanging the known, no matter how horrible, for the unknown can be really difficult. Sometimes we convince ourselves that freedom doesn’t really exist for us, “God could never free me from ____.” Sometimes we make God way too small and miss out on the miracle that could be. What is it in your life that Jesus seeks to free you from today?
What gratitude the demon possessed man must have felt! The passage tells us that he wanted to go with Jesus, the one who had made him whole, but Jesus told him to stay and tell everyone what God had done for him. The man obeyed and “told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” True recognition of what God has done should lead us to gratitude. What have you seen God do in your life today that you are grateful for?
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New Hope Church
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