DayBreaks for 3/16/20: The Wimpy Legion
The Roman army was organized into legions. A legion was comprised of about 6000 highly trained professional soldiers. A Roman legion was, if you will, a killing machine the likes of which the ancient world have ever seen. No one wanted to stand across the battlefield from a Roman legion. No one.
Jesus encountered a legion, too, but it wasn’t a wimpy Roman legion, it was a legion of demons and it had possessed a man and made him wild and dangerous. But there is something interesting when the encounter takes place. Even though others had tried to cast the demons out of the poor man they had utterly failed. When Jesus confronts the Legion across the battleground of the man’s soul, the Legion begins to beg. You see, the Legion of demons recognized the voice that was speaking to them and they knew the power behind the voice. In fact, the demons don’t even attempt to put up a fight against Jesus.
As interesting as this story is with the horde of demons and pigs, we miss the point of it if we don’t stay focused on the man. The point is that the may was set free. A few verses later we meet him again, sitting at Jesus feet (indicating the peace he’d been given), clothed and no longer naked (Jesus had restored the man’s dignity and taken away his shame). That is what Jesus is about – setting free those enslaved, given them peace and dignity.
We are surrounded these days with all sorts of evil – animate and inanimate. We need to be reminded that the Jesus of this story still lives, still sees, and still has that great power at his command. As coronavirus attacks our communities, so Satan attacks our souls. Both will yield at some point to the command of the Lord. Even in the midst of this virus, though, let us remain seated at Jesus’ feet, let us be at peace and walk in the dignity of those who know they are his beloved children.
Perhaps in this time of fear and uncertainty, you can help your children, your neighbors find the freedom, peace and dignity their souls seek.
Mark 5:6-9 (CSBBible) – When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and knelt down before him. And he cried out with a loud voice, “What do you have to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you before God, don’t torment me!”
For he had told him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” “What is your name?” he asked him. “My name is Legion,” he answered him, “because we are many.”
PRAYER: Jesus, it is so comforting to know that all things will one day, instantaneously, surrender and yield to your voice. Teach us to do that each day until all things have been put forever under your feet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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