I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Monday, July 02, 2007

Deep Thought Thursday: Maniac of Gadara

Think of all the devotions you’ve heard about Jairus’ daughter. How Jairus’ faith in Jesus’ abilities brought her back from the dead. How, even when all the people around were mourning and crying for her death, Jairus still believed. And Jesus raised his daughter from the dead, to the amazement of all the people.

And what about all the beautiful analogies related to the woman with the issue of blood? There are countless preachers, teachers, Bible study leaders, and women’s devotional writers who have used this story to mold our faith, to touch us in a way few other Bible stories do. What desperation and faith this woman showed just to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment to be healed.

The Lord showed me something that really wowed me today. Both of these stories are found in the same chapter in the book of Luke. But there is a story before these that is really the reason these stories happened at all.

There was a man who had been possessed by demons. He is commonly called the maniac of Gadara. We have heard his story many times as such a victory for Jesus, because this man had been tormented for many years by these devils, and was never clothed or in his right mind. The people of the town, however, were afraid of Him because of it, and begged Him to leave. So He went back to the boat, and sent the man healed of demons back to his home to preach what God had done for him.

Luke 8:39-40 “Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.”

The man healed of demons definitely had something to share. Jesus Himself had touched his life and saved him from demonic oppression and possession! What else could he do but share the news with others? This town where the man lived is the same place where the people sent Jesus away because of their fear.

Because the man healed of demons shared with everyone what Jesus had done, verse 40 says the people gladly received Him and they were waiting for Him. In this town, in this crowd of people who had heard the preaching from the healed man, was Jairus, and the woman with the issue of blood.

If the former maniac never shared the things Jesus had done for him, we wouldn’t have these other stories. The people of that town may never have gotten over their fear of Jesus.

Do we share the great things Jesus has done for us? How many people are afraid of Jesus, or religion, but might change their mind if we would share what He has done for us? Who needs healing near you? Who has ‘demons’ they need removed from their life? We may never know unless we share what Jesus has done for us.

Psa 51:15 “O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.”

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