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. 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!” 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.
Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.
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. 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. – Luke 8:27-33
We all have our personal demons. For some of us, it may be schizophrenia, paranoia, addictions, obsessions and destructive habits. Like the man in the above text, we need Jesus to visit us and relieve us of our dilemma.
The man in our text had lost all sense of personal control. He was in a terrible place physically and spiritually.
The devil’s control over him had made his life a complete mess. The demons had taken total control over his being.
When Jesus encountered him, he wore no clothing. He lived in the place of the dead, the tombs. This man was a terror to himself.
Consequently, to subdue and restrain him, he had to be bound with chains and shackles. Notwithstanding this, he was so devoid of his senses and reality, he broke the chains that bound him. Yes, this man was totally driven by the devil.
When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet and cried out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of God the Most High God?” When we encounter Jesus, our demons cry out, too.
As you read this, you may come to realize that you, too, have your personal demons and that you need a cure. You may think that all is lost. Therefore, you may just want to acquiesce and give up.
Don’t despair, the good news is that Jesus can fix you. Whatever your disposition, Jesus can give you release.
Whatever your state in life, call upon the name of Jesus. You may be plagued with the curse of addiction, whether drugs, alcohol, pornography, or sex, and the likes, but your malady can be cured by Jesus.
Jesus gave relief to a man whom he found in a very precarious situation. This demon-possessed man was cured of his ailment. The devil’s power over him was broken. His soul was recovered.
Subsequently, Jesus left that place at the insistence of the community leaders. The man whom he had cured wanted to go with him. However, Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home and declare how much God has done for you.”
We have been called into this marvelous life through baptism. Like the man whom Jesus cured, we, too, are called to tell of the wonderful things God has done in our life. We are to tell and retell, until we are called to our eternal rest. Yes, be a drum major for the Lord. Amen.
• Reverend Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at the Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Dr can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone 426-9084; website: www.nassaulutheranchurch.org.