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Let Me Be, Lord...

He was a terrifying sight.  Hair unkempt, knotted and mangled; clothes non-existent, hands covered with matted blood, feet the same, telling a story of manacles and chains that had failed to hold this man (?) in place.  Even more terrifying was to see him advance toward you, lines between man and beast seemingly blurred by the ferocity of gaze and hoarseness of voice.  Lesser mortals may have yielded ground, but not the One who stood before him.  He was unfazed, unyielding, Rock solid.  And under His steady gaze the demoniac of the Gerasenes yielded ground.  In a voice that was more a plea, a whimper, he asks the One confronting him: “Why are you bothering me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Please, I beg you, don’t torture me!”   

Luke tells us that this response from the man was actually in response to Jesus’ own command to the demons to let go of him.  But why does he beg Jesus to stop torturing him and to stop bothering him.  That bothers me.  After a public proclamation that Jesus is the “Son of the Most High God” he wants to be left alone.  Jesus’ presence is torture to him.  An intrusion into his macabre world of tortured living and demonic co-existence.  

And I wonder whether we do the same.  In the midst of strangling, debilitating situations and circumstances—unwelcome, unwanted situations that we need to be freed from, whether our response too, is to ask the Master to leave us alone.  To let us continue to live in a “world” however demeaning, but one that we have gotten used to.

Jesus frees the man by sending a legion of demons into a herd of pigs that run crazily down the mountain slopes on a suicide mission.  The man is freed.  The herdsmen spread the news. The “possessed” man sits quietly at Jesus’ feet.  Wow!  What a platform for people to experience God’s power in their midst.  To find freedom and liberation in their own lives, and the passage begs for a happy ending—that Jesus has a successful preaching and teaching ministry, but alas! It doesn’t turn out that way.  The last phrase of the thirty-sixth verse of Luke chapter eight is revealing: “And the whole crowd was afraid. 36 Then those who had seen what happened told the others how the demon-possessed man had been healed. 37 And all the people in that region begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them.”   

And again, I wonder whether we do the same.  If we too, ask Jesus to go away after seeing His power manifested in our lives or in the lives of someone close to us.  Whether we too, are afraid to let Jesus change the status quo of what we are used to, but what needn’t be a part of our lives.  

Beloved, as we get into a period of our lives that calls for introspection, for spiritual renewal and self appraisal, my prayer is that we would be bold enough to say to the Lord: “23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.  24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”  (Psalm 139)

Yes! Along the path of everlasting life.

Agapé

Pastor

 

 
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