Psalm 75, 76; Gen. 43:16-34; 1 Cor. 7:10-24; Mark 5: 1-20
Mark 5: 1-20 Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac
The demoniac lived his life among the dead. He was sad, hurting, lonely, longing, unwanted and unloved. His life was out of control. I know those feelings. I think that we have all felt the powerlessness of being in the grip of our own demons. I have my stories and you have yours. But running through all our stories is the way in which we are each, from time to time, awakened to the mysterious ways in which God sustains us in our powerlessness to sustain ourselves.
And so it is with the lost man. He needs someone to do for him that which he cannot do for himself.
Unclean region, unclean place, unclean animals, unclean spirit. Yet Jesus goes where no one else would go. He reaches out to the demoniac and leaves him calmed, clothed and commissioned. A few chapters later in Mark, Jesus himself will be covered in blood, naked and outside of town among the tombs.
For all of us, Jesus goes where no one else would go; to the cross to atone for our sins and make us clean. His Spirit enters those places inside ourselves that even we don’t want to go in order to purify us and to defeat the powers that wreak havoc on our lives. He walks straight into the storm to set us free, to empower us to go on, to slay our demons and plumb the hidden depths of God.
Posted on Sat, March 6, 2010
by Lenten Meditations filed under