Posts Tagged ‘Demon Possessed’


Luke 8:34-37
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. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

In the midst of the many miracles that took place, this was sitting out like a sore thumb. There was such a wonderful record of healing of the demon-possessed man and why would anyone in their right mind have an issue with it? This was the hope of millions that someone who was so severely written off, who had no control over his life and death would be one day considered normal. Can you imagine reformed serial murderers? Is that even acceptable in our society? Once condemned, we cannot seem to accept something as a new creation and therefore change of this sort seems ridiculous. Do you agree? Do you think that Jesus is talking to us through this terribly broken situation?

In my few years of walking around consciously after being saved, I have met some people whose transformation from sinful to sinfree was astounding. I’ve heard and met terrorists who are saved and reformed, drug addicts who are no longer addicted to drugs but to the service of the Lord, felons who have turned a completely new leaf and more and it sounds fascinating but would you be willing to befriend them if you knew their background? Would you be willing to let your kids be around them? This passage talks about how the people of the land wanted nothing to do with Jesus because they were not able to accept the change. This transformation was too much for their human, devil-centered hearts to accept and they were more concerned about looking livestock than wanting change of hearts themselves. We are so caught up justifying ourselves and thinking about the specks in other’s eyes that we forget the plank in ours. Have you been transformed from sinfulness to being a new creation in Christ? Are you accepting of sinners saved by Christ?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Mark 7:25b-30
A woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

I wonder if I would have the wisdom of the Syrophoenician woman when Jesus speaks to me in parables because I consider myself very dumb when I read passages like this one selected above. This lady came to Jesus in pain and had a desperate need for Jesus’ miraculous touch on her daughter who was demon possessed. However, she was not Jew and Jesus was there to save the lost sheep of Israel. Would she have any place before a foreign God whose objectives seemed different? In times of desperation, do we seek anything that will give us a solution to our problems?

What Jesus asked her was whether it was right for him to turn his attention to the gentiles before he was done with the Jews and her response showed him that she knew Jesus was here to save sinners, not just a race of people. She must’ve noticed it in the sarcastic language Jesus used to describe gentiles or in his manner of speaking but her answer was apt. I often feel like a servant before Jesus, my Lord, whose crumbs I am not fit to take. In Christ, we have victory from the dominion of sin and suffering because through his death and resurrection, we have the hope of eternity. We all have needs and I know today the Lord speaks to me as clearly as he speaks to you that he wants for us to put our faith in him and know that he will answer our pleas in an amazing way!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

Man Made Beauty or A Concrete Jungle?


Matthew 17:14-20

…a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:21 (NAS)

“But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

 

Today there were 3 major events in the chapter including the transfiguration of Jesus, the healing of the demon possessed boy and the payment of the temple tax. All 3 teach us key learning but this healing and the faith required is what caught my attention. It seems like Jesus was frustrated and this prompted me to read it again. Yes, he certainly was frustrated but not at the boy’s father who approached him. His frustration was focused on his disciples whom he felt did not exercise faith, even faith the size of a mustard seed. Now that is really hard for us to understand because we are dealing with the spiritual world and not the physical and to understand this faith, what would it take us?

Interestingly enough, the NIV did not have verse 21 and when I looked around, I found that it was available in most other versions like the NAS given above. Jesus said clearly that we need to exercise faith but this is possible only through prayer and fasting and therefore we needed to draw from God and not from our own selves. This is not something we would attain sitting under a tree and meditating on our inner self but rather, something we would need to ask God for by focusing our attention on Him. Also, we need to remember that this faith is not for our personal gain but for the extension of God’s kingdom here on Earth. It is spoken in a spiritual realm and we should not misconstrue it. Have you exercised your faith in recent times? Is that what the Lord wants us to do?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet