DayBreaks for 6/15/16 – Don’t Surrender to Hopelessness
Tragically, this past weekend we were witness to a horrific slaughter in the city of Orlando, FL. This wasn’t the first time such an attack took place, nor is it likely, sadly, to be the last. It isn’t encouraging, is it?
In a way it reminds me of the story found in the gospel of Mark 5:8-10: For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you evil spirit!” Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
Try for just a moment to put yourself in the place of the Gerasene demoniac (the man with all the demons inside him). How many demons had hold of this man? We don’t know for sure, but the name, Legion, was based on the size of a Roman legion which was 6000 persons strong. We are not told how long this man had suffered. We don’t know all that he suffered, except that day and night he cried out and cut himself with stones. Luke tells us that the man ran around naked and that he didn’t live in a house…but in the tombs (which would be horrible as there was no embalming and the sights and smells would be terrible). His plight was truly horrendous – talk about a horrible life – this man was the living definition of someone with a hopeless life! At least, that is, until Jesus appeared.
So what does the story of the Gerasene demoniac have to say to us today, if anything? I think it has a lot to say to us! To the person or church which battles the demons of social evil, the message is there is hope in Jesus. To individuals for whom there is an everyday battle ongoing with the demon of depression, the message is there is hope in Jesus. To those who battle the demon of fear, the message is there is hope in Jesus. Those who fight the demon of addiction, the message is there is hope in Jesus. And to those who have so many battles going on against so many demons that their name is LEGION, the message is there is hope in Jesus.
If your life seems hopeless and horrible to you, let Jesus give you hope. He cast a legion of demons out of this man – He can make you, and our world, well again, too.
PRAYER: Jesus, we need your power and hope turned loose in our lives and our world today! Come in your great power bringing hope and healing! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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