On: February 18, 2015 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Luke 8:34-36
Strange how a man being released from forces that made him wild and dangerous, becomes a source of fear. You’d have thought it would be the other way round. Were they afraid because they weren’t sure how real the healing was – the man might be feigning sanity and suddenly pounce on them? Were they scared that they were in the presence of another man, Jesus, with supernatural power they didn’t understand, who could change things they couldn’t? Had they picked up gossip that Jesus was a danger to all their livelihoods, having already wrecked a pig farmer’s business by driving his herd over a cliff?
Could be any of these. But I’d say, considering the man in question and the issues at stake, that this was a good sort of fear. Not a “my pal Jesus” sort of thing, where faith is a comfortable support for the well to do. This is the King of kings and Lord of lords who will lead the armies of heaven into battle to defeat the powers of evil (Revelation 19:11). This is the ranting table turner who railed at the money changers misusing the temple courts. (Matthew 21:12) The Teacher who sent away a rich young man fearing for his future prospects. (Matthew 19:16)
The really dangerous man in this story is not the lunatic in chains. His condition was passing and he was changed. Rather, it is the One with the keys to heaven and hell. (Revelation 1:18) And He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
Ask this man into my life and He’ll cause mayhem with my comfortable ways.
Lord Jesus, come into my life and do what You will. It’s a huge risk, but one I cannot afford not to take. Amen