From mad existence to purposeful living
Our world today is filled with people who suffer from various forms of psychosis and mental disorder. Jesus’ day was no exception.
There is a powerfully moving story in the gospel which illustrates what Jesus did and desires to do in lives today. The story is recorded in all three Synoptic Gospels – Matthew 8:28 34, Mark 5:1-20 and Luke 8:26-39. Jesus had crossed over the lake with his disciples, and the first sight that met him was a man possessed by unclean spirits. That man bore all the hallmarks of madness. He lived in the graveyard; he was violent, he self-harmed; was often chained but so powerful was he that he would break the chains in pieces, crying out night and day in his torment. His was a terrible story.
That was until he met Jesus. Jesus commanded the demons to come out of the man. Despite their pleadings they were driven out of the man. The man was completely set free from demonic possession and oppression, sitting still and in his right mind.
The man’s story and the actions of Jesus speak to us at so many levels. First, Jesus showed His power over demonic powers. He is still the same today. Second, the man moved from mad existence to purposeful living. He could work, provide for and take care of himself and others; contribute to society and live a life full of meaning and purpose. Third, Jesus was driven by deep love and compassion. Love and compassion do not bow at the altar of indifference. This same Jesus who changed the man’s story can change your story, however seemingly desperate and hopeless. Dare to call on Him by faith.
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2013©
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