Luke 8:34-37 34 When the herdsmen saw it, they fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. 35 People rushed out to see what had happened. A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been freed from the demons. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid. 36 Then those who had seen what happened told the others how the demon-possessed man had been healed. 37 And all the people in the region of the Gerasenes begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them. So, Jesus returned to the boat and left, crossing back to the other side of the lake.
Thoughts of verse
Jesus' power can be quite threatening to those who do not know him and are not looking for God's work in their lives. While what Jesus did to liberate this demon-possessed man is amazing, it is also threatening.
Someone who can command thousands of demons — and they obey — certainly will have some cleanup work to do in our lives.
So, let's be very honest with ourselves today. Do we want Jesus to be in control? Jesus will leave us alone to fend for ourselves against the forces of evil if we choose to ignore, dismiss, or reject him. While he longs to save, he will not force himself on us. True deliverance comes to only those who are willing to surrender fully and wholeheartedly to his grace and find their freedom and peace in him.
Today’s scripture lesson is a sad story about a man possessed by many, many demons. He terrorized the people, running naked among them and living in a rural cemetery. The man roamed free among the tombs because the countless demons that possessed him gave him superhuman strength to break the chains.
Chains are an obvious symbol of imprisonment. In physical terms they restrict us, hold us down and back and signify our captive state. In spiritual terms they do the same. While many of us won't experience physical chains, we're by no means immune to the impact of spiritual chains which harm our spiritual growth. These kinds of shackles are just as unmissable and detrimental to our freedom because they affect our behavior, our outlook and our faith.
In current days, we may experience chains in many forms. It might be an addiction, a lazy attitude or a failure to forgive. We can identify such spiritual shackles by assessing whether it is weakens us, restricts our freedom and prevents us from reaching our potential to become closer to and more like Christ.
Besides being a sad story, this is also a wonderful message! This story is about the beginnings of our salvation in Jesus Christ.
We must remember this important message, we are occasionally chained by our fears, our anxieties, our sins and our obsessions. We think we are in control of our lives when we might be just one pig away from destruction and the Abyss.
Jesus is waiting to heal us from our personal demons and break our chains that keep us bound and separated from him. It took a lot of years for us to become imprisoned by the enemy’s lies, so why not give God plenty of time to work out His plan to set us free?” Our victory is not a one-time event—it’s a process. The more we understand how badly Satan plays with our mind, the more we could stand against him.
The truth of God’s Word makes us free.
Father help me understand that this battle is spiritual and teach me how to use the weapons You’ve given me to win against every attack of the enemy. In Jesus’ Name, amen.