Day 19: Sunday, March 24th, 2019

 

“2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet Him. 12 The demons begged Jesus, ‘Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.’ 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. . .19 Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you. . .’ 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.”

 

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

What an amazing story! Every time I read and study this passage I am time and again brought back to a true understanding of just how powerful our Lord is and the authority he holds over all creation, to include Satan and his minions. This man, inhabited and controlled by demons too numerous to count, recognized immediately the power of Jesus and sought to sway Him from casting them out. Jesus would have none of it. At this point we see the group of demons having to ask Jesus for permission to depart the man. Jesus is in complete control from beginning to end! ! ! Finally, freed from the demons that had tormented him, the man asks if he can accompany Jesus, but Jesus says no, asking him instead to return to his family and friends to tell them what had happened and to preach the power and the gospel of the Lord our God!

 

Prayer:

Lord, when I feel as though I am being inhabited by demons and I fear the forces of evil, in others or in myself, I remember that You took on the demons and defeated them. In You I have a Savior against whom the devil is powerless. Help me to understand Your calling for me and what You would have me do to bring about Your Kingdom on Earth. Amen.

 

Contributed by Dave Hall