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What Have I To Do With You, Jesus
8/28/2015

And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”  For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Mark 5:7-8 (NKJV)

In the fifth chapter of the Book of Mark there is a story of a demon-possessed man in the region of the Gadarenes.  Jesus had just come ashore from a boat, and the man spotted Him from afar.  We are told the man ran to Jesus and he began to worship Him.  He then cried out in a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?  I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”

Jesus commanded the demons to leave the man, and they responded by begging Him to allow them to enter a pack of 2,000 pigs.  Jesus demonstrated His power and authority over the demons by allowing them to enter the swine, and they immediately ran down a steep place into the sea and drowned.  Those who were feeding the pigs went into the city and countryside telling others what had happened.  When the people came out they saw the man who once had a legion of demons living inside him — he was now sitting clothed and in his right mind in the company of Jesus (Mark 5:15).

Now you would think these people would have been praising Jesus for this great miracle, but this was not the case.  Instead we are told, “They were afraid…then began to plead with Him to depart from their region” (Mark 5:15-17).

Q:         Why were these people afraid of the miracle Jesus had done?

Perhaps they were simply afraid of the power Jesus had, or maybe they feared a loss of wealth — after all they had just lost  two thousand pigs, which were a source of financial income and provision.   Unfortunately they didn’t see what they should have seen.  Satan had used the demons to control this man, to cause him to live in torment and in sin.  Jesus had come to free him from the bondage of slavery and to empower him to live in peace and righteousness, but they denied this same power in their lives.

When I read about this story of Jesus cleansing this man from a legion of demons, I am reminded of how the Bible teaches that Jesus came that all might be freed from the bondage of sin as well. Even so, we can still find ourselves denying the power of God in our lives.  This happens when we refuse to surrender our will and our lives completely to the Lord, instead, we choose to continue to live in sinful ways. Sanctification is a lifelong process and it will always entail our surrendering our will and embracing God’s.  It starts with our heart. 

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon this today.  Ask the Lord to show you any area where you need to be cleansed in your mind, your heart, and your actions.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Peter 3:15, what is our responsibility as Christian men and women?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you sanctifying the Lord within your heart continually?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to sanctify the Lord within your heart each and every day.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for choosing me, and for dying for my sins.  I choose to sanctify You today and to allow You to come into my life in a greater way.  I invite You to open my eyes and show me every area where I need to sanctify my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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