From Maniac to Messenger

26 Sep

Living among the tombs.

A terror to society.

Possessed with demons.

Unclean and unclothed.

The awful description of a man, we only know as Legion, who made his home in Gadara near the Sea of Galilee.

He had  battled this evil for a “long time.” (Luke 8:27) He coped with the agony and torment by “crying and cutting himself.” (Mark 5:5) Many had tried to bind him “with fetters and chains” (Mark 5:4) to no avail.

That was until he encountered a man named Jesus.

Jesus heard the hurt in his voice. Jesus saw the glaring need in his life. Jesus, unlike those who had attempted to tame him before, spoke peace into his pain.

“For He said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.” (Mark 5:8)

I cannot imagine the relief that must have flooded through this man as possibly thousands of devils departed from him.

Oh what a miracle performed on Galilee’s shore that day!

Within a matter of minutes, he went from crazy to captivated by the Lord!

He “was sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind!” (Mark 5:15)

He was “at the feet of Jesus” (Luke 8:35) reveling in the reality of redemption!

And Jesus didn’t deliver him and leave him there in the graveyard!

He bid him “return to (his) own house, and show how great things God (had) done” for him! (Luke 8:39)

The maniac had a ministry!

The once demonic man was now a disciple!

And he immediately obeyed the instructions,

“he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him!”

(Luke 8:39)

Since hearing a message preached from this passage yesterday, I haven’t been able to get it off my mind.

It paints such a beautiful picture of God’s marvelous grace!

Grace greater than all my sin!

Though I was not dwelling among tombs, I was bound by chains of sin.

Chains my Jesus broke when he saved me fourteen years ago!

His grace becomes more of a reality everyday, and for it I will be eternally grateful!

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Ephesians 1:7

Praying that His Grace is real to you this week in ways you’ve never experienced before!

Enjoy the final week of September! The months are flying by! 

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2 Responses to “From Maniac to Messenger”

  1. Katie September 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    “Once bound by sin, but bound no longer.
    Freed by redemption’s claim.
    Now bound by love, the cords much stronger.
    I’ll serve Him, for His love constrains.”

  2. Angela September 28, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Praise the Lord for his wonderful works! I enjoyed this very much =0)

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