There’s a story where Jesus travels to the other side of the country and he meets a man who was demon-possessed. This man lived in the tombs. Think about that. A place for the dead. He would be chained up to keep him from possibly harming others. And the place chosen to chain this man only served to humiliate him all the more.
Demon-possessed man. In the tombs. Chained.
This man was in a state of torment. This is not the abundant life. It is hell.
- Is this you?
This is a picture of who many of us were. And for some, still, are. What evil things have you done that haunts you? What has held you back from living a free life? Do you feel you’re in bondage?
- You can try to free yourself from bondage but, by your own self-will, you’ll only find that you’re still in prison with your demons.
The story shows that he would break off the chains and fetters, and would get chained again, and he’d break it off. It was a cycle. As much as the man wanted to, he couldn’t truly be set free.
- It takes Jesus to deal with your demons – those things that imprison and haunt you – to truly liberate you.
When the demon-possessed man saw Jesus, he ran to him. Deep in his being, he knew this man had authority that he didn’t possess. By the power of Jesus, this man’s demons were cast away. Freedom!
This man who once was tormented by his many demons had now been found in his right mind. Jesus then told him, “declare what great things God has done for you.” So, he went his way proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
Like this man, you might have experienced this hell. And it seemed that no matter how much you tried to escape, you felt trapped. Truth is, you can’t do it on your own. But! The good news is that Jesus has the power, and he has come to liberate you from torment.
What great things has Jesus done for you? Have you shared it with others yet?